Here in Odessa and Midland, we don’t get much rain. But when it does rain, it pours and can easily flood streets and yards. If that water doesn’t have a place to go, it can cause some major damage to your property and foundation. In this post, we’ll discuss the difference between two common solutions.


Traditional french drains involve inserting a perforated pipe into a ditch that’s surrounded by gravel. Excess water is carried from the yard (or patio) into a storm drain or away from your home. This is especially useful during heavy rains when water is pooling in an area around your home. Water is rerouted to be out of the way, and not a danger to you or your property.


Unlike french drains, trench drains stay on the surface and use gravity to move water away from your home. They are typically lined with concrete and strategically sloped. They are often covered by grates to prevent leaves, mud, or other debris from clogging them up. Trench drains are common in paved areas such as parking lots and driveways, especially when they are sloped.


To summarize, trench drains are paved and on the surface, while french drains use pipes to take water underground towards a storm drain. Depending on the landscape surrounding your home or business, a french or trench drain could be preferable over the alternative. In some cases, installation time or costs and visual appeal could also help you decide which is best for you.


At Trenchless Replacement Specialists, we can help you with all things relating to drainage and water around your home, including plumbing services. Our specialty, however, is replacing old or aging pipes using our state-of-the-art inspection and replacement techniques, which allow us to fully replace a pipe without having to dig up your entire yard to do it! If you’re interested in trenchless, or non-trenchless solutions, make an appointment online, or call us today at 432-580-7693.