If you are experiencing standing and/or problem water on your property, a drainage system will likely be your solution. Drainage solutions will universally rely on pipes to move water off of your property. However, the way in which you collect the water and move it off your property is very important.

At Blalock Landscaping and Drainage, we specialize in diagnosing the sources of your problem water and tailoring a functional and attractive solution to meet your needs and maximize the beauty and usability of your property. Whether you need help remediating nuisance puddles or you need to stop water from entering your home, Blalock Landscaping and Drainage can help!


Many people use the term “French Drain” as a catchall for any type of pipe-based drainage system. However, there is a key distinction between a true “French Drain” and a “Storm Drain”. Most residential properties in Southeast Texas require Storm Drains, not French Drains.

French Drains use perforated pipes sunk into a drainage field (a trench) of semi-permeable substances (Rocks, Pea Gravel, etc.). As the drainage field fills, the water enters the pipe and runs downhill to a discharge point. The uses for this type of drainage system are limited, as a French Drain takes longer to collect the water and generally has a shorter lifespan (the holes in the pipe allow obstructions like roots and mud to enter the pipe along with the water).

As such, we prefer Storm Drains. These systems are cleaner and work more rapidly than French Drains. The Storm Drain system uses solid pipes and inlets to that pipe to move water downhill and off of your property. Inlets (catch basins) are placed in the low lying areas of your property where the water collects. From there, the water enters a solid pipe and runs directly to the discharge point. Water coming from your gutter system is piped directly into the storm drain and exits alongside the ground water.


Properties that do not have downhill slope towards a viable discharge point can be drained with the installation of a sump pump. With a sump pump system, the pump sits in a pump well, dug deep into the earth to create an artificial low-point to which you can drain your problem water. From the pump well, the pump motor powers the water to the street through a smaller discharge line

While it is preferable to install gravity-based drainage lines, this is not always possible. Sump Pump systems vary widely in terms of pump power, electrical needs and well size. At Blalock Landscaping and Drainage, we are well-versed at diagnosing existing pump systems and the installation of new Sump Pump systems.