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We have been busy expanding our service area. We are now in several cities in the Southeast!
In Florida – Jacksonville, St Augustine, Orlando, Tampa / St Pete and Daytona Beach.
In South Carolina – Columbia, Greenville and Myrtle Beach

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Do It Yourself, The French Drain, Everything you need and where to get it.

Installing a French Drain is a project the homeowner could do themselves. All the parts are readily available from Lowes or Home Depot. Just be prepared to do some work.

Here is everything you need to install a gravel drain (French Drain)

1st you need the pipe.
These are 100 foot rolls of both Soild and Perforated Pipe. This is from Lowes but Home Depot has the same stuff.
NOTE – Remember you need Perforated Pipe (has holes in it) that will be surrounded by Gravel for a French Drain.

100 foot rolls of perforated pipe at Lowes

2nd will be the gravel -
How Much Gravel Do you Need? A lot!
Best way to figure how many bags is 1 bag will cover about 2′ feet of a trench 14 to 16 inches deep. So if you are installing 60 feet of pipe, you’ll need at least 30 bags.

3rd you will need some way to transport your gravel. While you could put in your car or trunk, better is a truck, or trailer to haul the gravel and pipe and shovels and wheel barrels, etc..

Transporting the gravel for a french drain

4th You need a wheel barrel to move the gravel to the area you are digging. You carry each bag, but each bag weighs 40 lbs. So a wheel barrel allows you to move more than 1 at a timne and is much easier.

Wheel barrels bring the gravel from the trailer to the rear yard where the low spot is

5th – You need shovels, picks, axe, and rake to dig your trench.. Pretty much you will be digging through mud if its a really bad low spot. Water will have saturated the soil. But if you believe you can do something :)

Trenched section of yard for French Drain

You may also need a Catch Basain or 2.
NOTES - Catch Basins help collect immediate surface water run off – Gravel Perforated Pipe helps collect subsurface water. Together they work to remove the water from your low spot.

6 – Once the Trench is complete, including your discharge (this where the water is going to flow), its time to install the Gravel and Pipe.
1st lay a small base of gravel in the trench. Next Install the Perforated Pipe with HOLES POINTING DOWN. Connect your catch basins then cover with gravel. We like to bring ou gravel to grade to really make the water drop into our system, but you cancover the gravel with soil. If doing this, be sure to use a soil seperater fabric. Youdon’t need to wrap the trench in this fabric, it will simply slow the flow of water into the gravel and also the fabric will get packed with dirt and further slow the water infiltration into the gravel. Some people think its best to wrap the gravel and or the pipe, but actually the life of the systemis still the same. 15 to 20 years.

Holes Point Down from Perforated Pipe for the French Drain

Lastly – Lay your all the gravel and pipe, rake out the excess soil to fill other low spots and help water drain into your system. Make sure your Catch Basin Grate is just below grade to allow that water to flow quickly into the catch basin!

Raking out the excess soil from your install of a French Drain

Congratulations! You did it!
This is Chuck with Apple Drains, Reminding You..
If You Believe You Can Do Something, I Guarantee You Can Do It!

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Live Broadcast Schedule

Questions and Answers –
Beginning in March, 2014, We will be trying out a Live Broadcast to help all the Do It Yourself People around the Country and the World.

First off, we’d like to thank YouTube for hosting all of our How To Videos.
Yes! Over 2,000,000 Views! (we must be doing something right). And we’d like to thank all the viewers! We try our best to answer all emails and comments.

Live Broadcast of Questions and Anwsers as Forum for Rainwater Drainage Issues might seem far fetched, but We Know that Drainage is the most important part of your largest investment, Your Home. Without a good drainage sytem, foundations fail, walls shift, floors buckle not mention termites, mold and wood rot occurs.

Broadcast Schedule-
Saturday March 10th, 2014 – Morning 10 to 11 AM EST
West Coast Viewers 7 to 8 AM PST
Visitors from the UK and Europe 3 to 4 PM (1500 -1600)
Viewers from Brisbane , Tokyo, and Russia (Sunday 9 -10 AM – 0900 to 1000)

All Topics Open for Questions – Everything from Moisture Barriers and how they work to what size stone is best for a French Drain.

If you want voice an opinion about Sealing a wall, or A Pump, please log in. Join in anytime. We will anwser the questions with over 30 years of experience. Our Work Stands for itself. We have “No Call Backs on our work!” We strive to do it right the first time. We lead the way in North Carolina and across the country for Rainwater Drainage Solutions.

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Apple Drains
Drainage Contractors
Charlotte NC

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Understanding Crawl Space Drainage, Charlotte NC, by Apple Drains

Drains in the Crawl Space are important to help keep the foundation of your home in tack. Water enters through tiny holes usually between the first course of brick or block and the footer. It then fills the soil and slowly moves upward until the floor of the crawl space is wet or even holding water.

Overtime, this water can cause foundation problems. Piers move and settle, Cracks form in in the brick foundation walls, Floors buckle and Doors get stuck. Not to mention Mold forms and Termites find new homes.

The first thing we recommend is a Sump Pump. A good sump pump properly installed will help keep the water from flooding up and reaching the furnace or other utlities under your home. The Sump Pump sits in a Sump Basin, usually 20 to 24″ deep and collects water from the soil and the floor.

The Sump Pump lifts the wtaer up and out of the crawl space pumping it through a PVC pipe out through the foudation wall.

So lets look at what each of those parts look like…
Here is a Sump Basin already installed inthe crawl space floor. The Basin is 24″deep by 18 inches wide. There eill be a solid lid cover placed on the top when the installation is complete.

Sump Basin Installed in Crawl Space

Here is a Sump Pump Installed in the Sump Basin. There will be a 1 1/2 inch PVC Pipe coming from the sump pump to discharge the water. Also a Check Valve to prevent back flow. The PVC Pipe must go up and out through the Brick Foundation Wall.

Sump Pump In Basin, Crawl Space

Here is the Check Valve installed with the PVC Riser from the pump sitting in the basin.

Sump Pump In Basin with Check Valve and PVC Riser from pump

Here is the Core (hole through the brick foundation wall with PVC pipe going out from the Sump Pump)

CORE (PVC Pipe Going Through The Foundation Wall)

Here is The Outside where the PVC from Sump Pump comes out through the foundation wall and goes underground connecting to Downspout Drain.

Core Discharge from from sump pump coming through foundation wall and connecting to downspout drain underground

Here is the connection form 1 1/2 inch PVC to 4″ Corrugated Pipe Underground.

1 1/2 inch PVC connecting to 4" Corrugated, By Apple Drains

How does the water from the crawl space get into the sump pit?
This is done by adding Fotter Tiles along the inside perimeter of the crawl space walls. A trench is dug along the wall all the way done to the footer. Gravel is added to the bottom of the trench and then perforated pipe is laid and more gravel is added bring the gravel to the grade (level) of the crawl space floor. This pipe leads to the Sump Basin.

As water floods up from the soil and or comes n between the footer and brick or block, its collected by this drain and flows to the sump basin where the sump pump lifts it up and out through the foundation wall and discharges it into the Downspout Drain Line.

Here is the footer trench.

Digging along the footer of crawl space to install gravel perforated pipe - footer tiles - By Apple Drains

Here is the Footer Trench with Gravel Base. Note the Perforated Pipe beside the trench. Holes will point down when installed.This is because water must flood up through the gravel into the pipe.

Gravel Base in Footer Trench inside crawl space by Apple Drains

Here is the footer tile covered with gravel leading to the Sump Basin.

Footer Trench Pipe covered with gravel leading to sump basin, by Apple Drains

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Charlotte North Carolina
(704) 309-8880

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Downspout Drain – French Drain, Charlotte NC

Note to Charlotte Homeowners
The Downspout Drain is the most Important drain in the Rainwater Drainage System. If we could recommend 1 thing to help keep your Crawl Space Dry, it would be to install Downspout Drains underground from the spouts to the street or strom. When it rains, an average roof of 2000 sq ft, gathers 1160 gallons of water during a 1 ” inch rainfall. Without a downspout drain, this water will end up under your home.

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Downspout Drain - Moves all the water out to the street

Perhaps the most important pipe in the RAINWATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM
is the Drain Tile.

When this pipe becomes blocked or broken, it causes water to back up along your basement wall. The water from your gutters has no place to go except down into the basement. The water from your sump system cannot be discharged and ends up back in your basement.

How to dectect a bad drain tile?
Take a garden hose and place it in the drain tile. If water flows to the street, it is functioning.
The drain tile still could have blockage in the pipe. In order to detect roots or other debris, a drain cleaning machine is needed.


Cleaning Costs -
The first line we trouble shoot runs $177.50. Each additional line is $50.00
We send a powerful 3/4 steel cable with cutters thru the drain tile and will clean the pipe of roots and debris. If the pipe is broken or collapsed, the machine will help us pin point the area of damage. We can then dig up the pipe and repair.

Repair cost vary by the amount of pipe that needs to be repalced. An Average repair is right around $190.00 and includes 5 feet of pipe, fittings and labor. However many repairs are much more extensive and the costs of repair vs the cost of replacement of the entire line needs to be addressed.

GUTTER CLEANING from 65.00 and Get New Screens Installed from $3.00 per foot.


We use 4″ pipe to replace or install Drain Tiles.
We cut the sod, move the excess soil
Tunnel Sidewalks
Bore new Curb Holes
Seal all fittings and pipe
Connect the Downspouts and Sump System

Average cost per foot is $9.00
Average install is just under 900.00

We can Clean – Repair and Install any Drain Tile
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Drainage Contractors

Downspout Charlotte Clean Repair Install
(704) 309-8880
(704) 336-9111

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Sump Pump, Dayton – Springfield OH

Yes! We Service Datyon and Springfield!

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4 Basement Water Problems and How To Fix, Basement Repair

Wet Basement? We Can Help!
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Waterproofing – Sump Pumps – Footer Tiles – Trenching and Excavating

Before you spend 1000's - Stop The Water

Leaky Basement Problems

Waterproofing is Best Done From The Outside. Exterior Waterproofing stops the water from entering the basement.

Starting with Exterior Footer Tiles (Perforated pipe surrounded by gravel). These pipes sit at the footer of the building. As ground water rises, it is collected by the footer tiles and carried away to a sump pump or it will discharge to daylight if possible.

Next the Foundation wall, cement block or poured concrete is waterproofed. This is a tar that is applied from top to bottom. It forms a seal around the basement to help prevent water from coming through the walls.

Interior Waterproofing is Best with a Sump Pump. Footer Tiles (perforated pipe surrounded by gravel) inside under the floor help collect water that enters between the footer and the foundation wall. These pipes allow water to flow to the sump pit and the sump pump lifts it up and out of the basement.

Problem 1 – Water coming in at top of Block or Poured Basement Wall.
Typically, this is due to soil level is too high against the outside of the building.

To Solve this problem, remove the excess soil that is built up above the sill plate. Regarde the area so water flows away fromt he foundatin wall.

Problem 2 – Basement wall is wet in the middle of the wall. There will be evidence of efflorescence, a white powder on the blocks.

This is from Hydrosatctic Pressure outside the the basement wall. Water has saturated the soil and the pressure is casuing the water to seek through the wall. Concrete block is very porous. Water will penetrate through the cement and along the mortar.

To solve this problem, dig down the outside wall to below the the affected block or area. Clean wall, fill cracks, apply a Liquid Rubber or Tar to seal the wall. You can count the block inside to help gage how far it needs to be dug out. Ideally, it is best to seal the entire wall, digging all the way down to the footer. Note – this is a big dig.

Problem 3 – Water leaking at floor and wall.
This is due to water rising under and outside the basement wall. Water penetrates the block across the footer under the first course of block.

To Solve this problem, you can add a sump pump in the basement, add inside footer tiles by cutting out the floor along the wall and installing new gravel perforated pipe that lead to the sump pit. Better is to dig / excavate the wall down to the footer outside. Clean wall, fill cracks, add Liquid Rubber or Tar to seal and replace the footer tiles outside.

Problem 4 – Water leaking through the basement floor.
This is due to rising water table. The pressure under the floor may also cause cracks and water will come up through the cracks.

To Solve this problem, A sump pump will be needed to relieve the water pressure under the floor. Cut floor and excavate to install new sump liner (pit) at least 24″ deep. Surround pit with gravel to promote drainage. Install new sumpp ump with 1 1/2 inch discharge and check valve to prevent backflow. Repour concrete around pit and finish it off with trowel.

Repairs –

Although the above is a simple outline, the work is not an easy task. Heavy Labor bith digging out the wall and puttingthe soil back. Caution is needed in a deep trench as the soil and fall in easily.

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Apple Drains – How To Drainage Videos – Do It Yourself and Save

Hi - Chuck Here with Apple Drains. We Hope these Videos get you started into the your project with Confidence! -

Our Most Popular How To Video’s
Here at Apple Drains, we admire all the Do It Yourself People around the world.
We have hundreds of How to Videos and know they help!

Complete List of How Top Videos Here
Apple Drains – Watch On YouYube for best viewing

Below are the top 8 videos.

1 – French Drain for Do It Yourself Project, By Apple Drains


3 – How To – Basement Waterproofing – DIY – Exterior Wall – Foundation Waterproofing – Seal Wall

4 – How To Install Perforated Pipe, French Drain for Do It Yourself Job

5 – 4 Common Rainwater Drainage Problems and How To Solve Them, Apple Drains, Drain Contractors

6 – Waterproofing – How to waterproof your foundation

7 – Simple Steps to Installing a French Drain. Simple step by step instructions from Apple Drains

8 – Channel Drain, Driveway Drain, Install

Complete List of How Top Videos Here
Watch On YouYube for best viewing

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Charlotte NC (704) 309-8880

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The First Time

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Waterproofing, Sump Pump, Downspout Drain, Basement

Description of Waterproofing
Some of the things we use to waterproof.
Please see – Basement Waterproofing for complete How To and Details

Sump Pumps A sump pump is the best way to remove water. Its fast, queit and very reliable.

We use Zoeller Pumps. Most commonly, Model M53 submersible with a 1/3 Horsepower motor, 1 ½ inch discharge line, and check valve to prevent back flow. To Date, we have not every been back to replace one of these pumps! That’s not to say they last forever, but they do last a long long time!

Sump Pits A Sump Pit (the liner) is 24″ deep and surrounded by gravel to promote drainage into the pit. The pit is large enough to allow water to gather for the pump to lift it out. It comes witha solid lid cover to to help reduce moisture and radon gas!

Cores The Core is a hole drilled through the foundatin wall. The hole is usually 2″ which allows the 1 ½ inch PVC pipe to be inserted. Its a perfect fit! We can core walls, foundations, and curbs!

Pipe PVC Pipe is our choice for most drain lines. The solid pipe has smooth inside walls allowing water to easily flow through it. Size depends on the application. Downspout Drain Lines and Yard Drains, usually use 4 inch pipe. Storm Drains might use 6 inch or even 8 inch.
We also use Corrugated Pipe. This pipe is strong and comes in 100 foot rolls. It comes inSolid and perforated (holes in it). We use it for Yard Drains, French Drains, Foundation Drains and encase (surround) the pipe in gravel to help promote drainage.

Trenching Trenching is done with a Ditch Witch, a machine used to trench fast and effectively to the proper depth. We don’t make a mess! We lay our tarps to catch the soil. After we Back Fill the trench, we move the excess to low spots or foundation walls and grade it out.

We Also Hand Dig. Shovels and Picks are used to help prevent damage to Utilities, such as Telephone, Cable, Gas, Electric and Sprinklers.

We call to locate utilities on every job. Utitlies are marked with paint and flags showing us where they are and allows us to adjust our installation accordingly..

Concrete Work Driveways, Basement Floors, Side Walks, Patio’s.. Concrete is not a problem for us to cut and repalce. We have the right tools for any job.

When we need to trench a line through a driveway, we simply cut out a trench about 8 inches wide, remove the concrete, dig down to install our pipe , backfill and re-pour the concrete. No Worries! You’ll be surprised how good it looks when we are finished.

Concrete is actually one of the easiest things to trench through when you have the right equipment. No need to pay higher prices like others charge because they have to rent equipment.

We Cut Concrete Everyday and We’ll Do It Right The First Time!

This is best video that shows WHERE and HOW water enters your Crawl Space or Basement. We actually put the camera INSIDE a void in the wall.

We suggest you watch it a couple times. It will amaze you what we find when we dig down the outside of basement or crawl space wall…

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