Combining Hydraway with soil nail walls is one of the most effective earth retention solutions on the market today.
Any mound of earth or retaining wall without soil nailing or proper drainage is vulnerable to problems such as erosion and even catastrophic failure. When soil nails are used in combination with a Hydraway drainage system, retaining walls and other similar civil infrastructure can better perform their desired functions.
Soil nails are vertical rods—often constructed from stainless steel—that are drilled into the earth as a means of reinforcing sloped sections of earth. Soil nails can be installed to be either shallow or deep in the earth and are appropriate for use in open or confined environments with limited space, such as under bridges.
This technology has its roots in the middle of the 20th century when anchored bars were used to support retaining walls. Soil nails are permanent installations today but were used as temporary tools to support the safe excavation of earth in Canada and the United States. This was a cost-saving and time-saving technology that worked better than conventional tieback construction solutions.
Today, soil nail retaining wall construction can reach up to 75 feet tall. Soil nail walls are now considered the most effective solution for temporary and permanent support for building excavations.
When soil nails, also known as ground screws, are installed, the structural integrity of earthen structures is dramatically strengthened. However, these structures are still vulnerable to the erosive effects of water. An effective drainage solution can be installed alongside soil nail walls to mitigate these effects.
Soil nailing is installed in a grid-like pattern at varying depths along a slope. Along the line of soil nails, Hydraway can be installed to direct water to escape. Hydraway can boast a zero percent failure rate, meaning when it’s installed along with soil nails, effective earth retention solutions can be maintained on a temporary or permanent basis.
Hydraway is, in fact, easier to install than conventional perforated pipe drainage solutions. This is critical for all applications of drainage solutions, such as sports fields or residential foundations, but when earth retention is the goal, easy installation is paramount. Because earth retention and excavation are critical for safe construction, safe retaining walls, civil infrastructure, and even safe commercial or residential landscaping, it is important that the drainage solution not add difficulty to the process.
Soil nail wall systems are a perfect match for Hydraway because both present the best solution available today for construction projects. When the two solutions are combined, they are a powerful system that keeps people safe and helps ensure the success of earth retention projects.
Here are some of the benefits of Hydraway versus conventional perforated pipe drainage systems:
Water flows over 70% of the drainage surface.
For any excavation or civil construction project that involves earth retention, soil nails are the go-to solution to ensure the structural integrity of earthen slopes. Contractors who provide and install soil nails as a part of construction projects know that effective drainage solutions can improve earth retention.
When installed alongside soil nail walls, Hydraway can help mitigate the effects of erosion and potential disaster. Even in the best scenario, earth retention failures can be incredibly expensive. Retaining walls alongside highway entrance or exit ramps, for example, must meet incredibly high standards of structural integrity. During construction, soil nails are the best way to hold the earth back.
Hydraway isn’t just a supplier of drainage equipment. We’ll come out to your worksite and consult on the design and installation of your drainage system in a collaborative effort with your construction team. This greatly increases the likelihood that the project will be a success.
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