Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide free estimates?

Yes. Gentle Rain provides free written estimates on all drainage solutions. We will meet with you in person to discuss your specific drainage problem and perform an on-site analysis to evaluate the size and scope of the problem. It is critical for us to view your property in order to provide an accurate an honest estimate.

How much does a drainage system cost?

It is difficult to give you a price for a drainage system without personally inspecting your property. There are a number of variables that affect cost including the type of drainage solution, the length of the drainage lines and soil conditions.

How long does it take to install a drainage system?

It depends on the size and scope of the project. Typically, a small drainage system can be installed in as little as a day while some larger systems can take several days to complete.

Is the installation disruptive to my property?

We take great care during the installation process to make sure there is as little disruption to your lawn and landscape as possible. We carefully hand dig all drains and are meticulous about the way we backfill our trenches.

What is downspout drainage?

One of the most serious problems with landscape drainage is downspouts that discharge the roof water (often hundreds of gallons of water during a heavy rainfall) right next to the foundation. To rectify the problem, the downspouts are connected to buried drain lines that carry roof water away from the house.

What is a French drain?

A French drain is a type of subsurface drain that utilizes a buried perforated pipe installed in a gravel bed with a filter sock surrounding the pipe. Water from the surrounding soil enters the gravel bed, flows into the drain pipe and utilizes gravity to flow towards the discharge point.

What is a catch basin?

A catch basin is a type of surface drain used to remove large amounts of water from low areas in the yard. The catch basin collects the water and in conjunction with a non-perforated drain pipe system diverts the water away from the problem area.

What is a channel drain?

A channel drain is a type of linear surface drain typically used for hardscape surfaces including driveways, pool decks, etc. Runoff water collected in the drain is discharged to bottom or end outlets which are connected to drain pipe.

What is a Pop-Up Drainage Emitter?

A Pop-Up Drainage Emitter allows water to be diverted and released to water-safe areas away from structures, erosion-prone landscapes and poor drainage areas. The pop-up emitter is opened by the hydrostatic pressure of water flowing through the drain pipe. As water flow diminishes, the emitter closes again.

What is a swale?

A swale is a uniform valley created to drain water from one area to another. By reshaping the surface of your yard, we can create natural run-off, and shed the water away from your home and property. This can usually be done with minimal disruption of the current lawn and landscaping.