Corrugated vs PVC Pipe for Home Drainage Systems in Cumming, Georgia


Do you have areas in your yard that stay wet all of the time, or low spots where rain collects and never dries completely? Poor drainage can damage house foundations, trees, and plants. Poor drainage can also keep your lawn muddy and unusable. Installing a drainage system can eliminate wetness, and help resolve those issues by redirecting that standing water, and depositing it somewhere else. There are several drainage options available including downspout drains, French drains, surface and subsurface drainage systems. Each option typically uses either corrugated or PVC pipe, or sometimes a combination of both.


Corrugated pipe is a flexible material, built with alternating ridges and grooves. It is used in drains where flexibility, durability and strength are important. Corrugated pipe can be used at your home to carry water runoff from gutters and eaves. PVC pipe is a rigid material, made from a combination of plastic and vinyl material. PVC piping is commonly used in underground water drainage systems.


Pros of Corrugated

Less expensive

Lightweight

Bendable - allowing easier production of joints, bends, and crests when installing.


Cons of Corrugated

If not buried underground it can be easily damaged by lawn mowers, foot traffic and pets.

Roots can easily grown in to the pipe.

Debris can collect in the ridges which slows water flow, and can cause clogs.


Pros of PVC

Available in many lengths, diameters and thickness.

Durable and not penetrable by roots, so there is less likelihood of issues when buried underground.

The walls of PVC are smooth, and less likely to catch debris or have issues with clogging or slow water flow.


Cons of PVC

More expensive

It has hard, thick walls, which do not allow for any natural bend in the pipe.

It is more difficult to install than corrugated pipe.


McBrayer Landscapes installs many different types of drainage systems, using both corrugated and PVC piping. Often, a combination of different systems are used in order to completely eliminate the drainage problem. We are innovative in our approach to unique drainage issues we encounter.


For questions regarding Drainage Solutions, contact McBrayer Landscapes at

(404) 465-1316 or visit our website at www.mcbrayerlandscapes.com