|6 inch French Drain|
Surface Drain -- A drain that is placed into the ground, sidewalk, or driveway. (etc.) It has a grate on the top and a pipe to drain the water away to the exit point. They come in many shapes and sizes and have many applications.
|Surface Drain with Grate|
Channel Drain -- A type of Surface Drain that is usually placed in cement or gravel. It is used for putting a narrow drain across a drive way or sidewalk or pool deck. It has a grate on top and is long like a gutter and similar in shape.
Basin Drain -- A type of Surface Drain that is usually square or round with a grate on top. It comes in many sizes. They are used in low spots in yards, flower beds, or gardens. It can be set in concrete in a driveway, or pool decks or beside a sidewalk. Some Surface Drains have fairly deep basin below the grate. It is connected to a pipe which takes the water to an exit point. Many times Sump pumps are put in the bottom of basin drains to pump water to the exit point if it is uphill in all directions from the basin drain.
Trench Drain - This is like a French Drain with a special liner in the trench. This is provides support to the trench walls when the surrounding soil is unstable. It can also be used on a regular french drain to ensure maximum durability.
Basement Drain - Usually a Basin Drain placed in the floor of a basement with a sump pump in the bottom of the basin. A pipe runs from the pump to outside. This eliminates standing basement water.
Exit point -- Where you run your drain pipe to dump the water from your drain. This is many times at the boundary of the property.
Pop up emitter -- A flat drain lid and housing placed at the end of a drain ( exit point). When water flows down the pipe to the emitter, the lid pops open about an inch and water drains out. It is one of several ways to drain water from an exit point.
Curb Fitting -- A drain pipe is run to a curb along a street or driveway. (exit point) The curb is cut and the curb fitting is cemented in place to allow water to run through the curb into the street.