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Published on May 19, 2015, in Information & Tips.

How It Works

Does your home need gutter down spout piping to improve your landscape drainage? Water collected by a rain gutter is fed usually with a downspout or downpipe from the roof to the base of the structure where it is directed away from the home or building. If you do not have gutters installed, or they are improperly installed, that may be causing or contributing to your landscape drainage issues. Faulty gutters can lead to soil erosion adjacent to buildings and serious water and foundation displacement problems in basements and crawl spaces.

Damage of Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters can cause:

  • Water leakage into the building as the water backs up
  • Stagnant water build up which allows mosquitoes to breed and also allows grasses and weeds to grow in the gutter.
  • Debris overflow
  • Foundation rot
  • Roof and/or structural damage
  • Damaged paint

Gutters must be maintained regularly to remove leaves and other debris to keep them from clogging. Effective gutter guards that keep debris out but allow water to enter are a good alternative to regular cleaning. However, gutters should be examined and repaired for cleaning twice a year.


Would gutters and down spout piping be the answer to your lawn drainage problems? Call Rainy Days Irrigation today at (919) 779-9285 and one of our trained technicians can advise you on the  best solution for your drainage issue.


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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Published on May 15, 2015, in Information & Tips.

The Unsung Hero of Rain-Drenched Lawns

Catch basins are commonly used to manage drainage problems in a landscape area, or even in a parking lot or street. You’ve seen them, now you can learn about what they do.

catch basin, or storm drain, is a drain with the sole function of collecting rainwater from a landscape or street and transporting it to local waterways through a system of underground piping, culverts and drainage ditches. For residential purposes, they are designed to drain excess rain and ground water from lawns and gutters. The basin catches sediment and prevents solids from clogging the drainage pipe or storm sewer. They must be cleaned periodically to maintain their ability to trap sediment and prevent flooding. The periodic cleaning also helps prevent and eliminate bad odors and remove solid matter.

How is it different from other drainage solutions?

Catch basins have drain sections with a wide sloping inlet which collects runoff. If they are working correctly, as large amounts of water are being dumped into the system, there is little overflow. The inlet opens to a pipe that is covered with a grating. The grating traps large debris, keeping it from entering the piping. As water floods the catch basin, small particles that slip through the grate settle to the bottom. Drainage pipes are located above the bottom of this vertical pipe and this is what makes sure the water is without dirt or debris.

The basins must be cleaned periodically to maintain their ability to trap sediment and prevent flooding. The periodic cleaning also helps prevent and eliminate bad odors and remove solid matter.

Is this the solution for your landscape drainage problems? Rainy Days is available to send one of our trained technicians to assess your lawn issue and help fix it!


Learn more about drainage solutions from Rainy Days and contact us today.

Call us directly at (919) 779-9285.


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Published on May 8, 2015, in Information & Tips.

Buying a new home can be an exciting and often exhausting process. If you do your homework, it can be a positive and enjoyable experience. One of the most common areas of concern when purchasing a new home is the lot and proper drainage.

When water collects in a large surface area or flows a great distance, it has the potential to create significant problems.

Remember: Water Flows Downhill!

Make certain you understand how a property drains before you buy it. Visit the site during a heavy rain and observe the water flow. You’ll then be able to discuss your drainage concerns with your builder and get his plan for dealing with potential problems.

Proper New Home Drainage Means:

  • There is a reasonable slope away from your home; six inches of fall within the first ten feet from a structure is the basic requirement.
  • Significant amounts of water coming from other lots should be diverted into drainage swales, well away from the house.
  • Positive flow should be maintained on all disturbed areas of the lot, and water should not be allowed to pond anywhere.
  • All drainage across the lot, except as contained in drainage swales, should be gentle enough to allow grass to grow.

Finally, be aware that drainage is a major cause for conflict between builders and their customers. If you understand the flow of water across your lot prior to closing, and if you and your builder are in agreement about the final grading and landscaping of the property, you are much less likely to have to deal with drainage problems later. Have your agent include a clause in your contract that states:

The seller agrees that water must flow away from the structure, with a slope of at least six inches in the first ten feet, and agrees to correct any areas within the landscaped area where water stands for more than twenty-four hours following a rain.


Rainy Days Irrigation specializes in Landscape Drainage Solutions. We are happy to help you with any concerns you may have and get you on your way to enjoying a beautiful Spring yard.


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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Published on May 1, 2015, in Information & Tips.

So, what is a French Drain?

You hear the name as a common drainage solution, but what is it and what does it do to improve your soggy landscape?

For starters, it must be properly installed. That’s where Rainy Days comes in! We bring expert technicians to your problem and leave with a solid solution in place. Our technicians are trained in French Drain installation. Here are some basics:

  • A French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock or containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area. A French drain can have perforated hollow pipes along the bottom to quickly vent water that seeps down through the upper gravel or rock.
  • French drains are used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations. They may be used to distribute water, such as a septic drain field at the outlet of a typical septic tank sewage treatment system. French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.
  • French drains can lead to a downhill slope or to dry wells or rain gardens where the extra water is held and absorbed by plants. This is useful when city water systems or other wastewater areas cannot be used.
  • These drains are installed around a home foundation in two different ways: Buried around the foundation wall on the external side of the foundation, or installed underneath the basement floor on the inside perimeter of the basement.
  • External French drains or drain tiles are installed around the foundation walls before the foundation soil is back-filled. It is laid on the bottom of the excavated area, and a layer of stone is laid on top. In many cases, a filter fabric is then laid on top of the stone to keep fine sediments and particles from entering. Once the drain is installed, the area is back-filled and the system is left alone unless it clogs.

Could the popular French drain be the solution to your landscape needs?

You may be saying “Rain, Rain Go Away!” lately as the southeast experiences heavy rain fall. There are some things you can look for. Common signs of lawn drainage problems:

  • Mildew/Mold in Crawlspaces and Basements
  • Settling Foundations
  • Loss of Plant Material
  • Insect Problems
  • Mechanical Damage from Mowing Equipment/Footprints
  • Soil Compaction
  • Standing Water or Puddles
  • Yellow Grass or Plants that Wilt or Appear Unhealthy

Ask our professionals at Rainy Days Irrigation to provide a consultation.

Let our 29 years of service history help you! (919) 779-9285


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
Irrigation | Drainage | Backflow | Landscape Lighting