Drainage and erosion can cause huge problems with foundations, driveways and other structures. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can use to solve your drainage and erosion problems.

French Drains

A French drain is one of the easiest drainage and erosion solutions. They are built with a sturdy perforated pipe surrounded by rocks, sand or gravel. You can build them underground or on the surface. The material you use will depend on where your french drain is located. 

Once your drain is set up, you can connect a gutter or catch barrel to it. Since your perforated pipe is on and surrounded by gravel, the water will flow along the pipe and soak into the ground. This prevents standing water from building up. 

Catch Basins

A catch basin is basically a box dug into the ground that collects the water and allows it to flow into the earth without accumulating on the surface. Water flows from the problem area into the catch basin and then out an underground pipe. 


A swale is simply a wide, shallow channel that allows water to flow down to a more suitable location. This is one of the easiest residential drainage solutions. Just make sure that it is legal in your area.

Downspout Extensions

downspout extension is just a plastic tube that extends the downspout to a more appropriate area. Although effective, downspout extensions have their drawbacks. Unless you have a swale, french drain, street gutter or some other place for it to go, unfortunately, this sometimes just moves the problem. 

Regardless of your drainage and erosion situation, there is a solution that will work. Be sure to check with local laws, lines and ordinances before installing some of the drainage ideas featured here. Many of these solutions can be combined to create the perfect solution.

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