French Drain System
Move beyond the traditional French drain system.
Traditional French drain systems were the gold standard in drainage for more than 150 years. Although some say they were invented in France, the name actually comes from Henry Flagg French, who popularized the design in the mid-1800s in the United States.
In its most basic form, a French drain is simply a gravel-filled trench that directs water more effectively than just letting it flow naturally across the ground. Eventually, the design evolved to include a perforated pipe in the center of the gravel. Essentially, water would flow into the trench, which would begin to flood, and water would enter the pipe and flow generally unimpeded through to the end of the trench.
This was a dramatic departure from previous eras, but until Hydraway came on the scene, drainage has followed the same basic principles. Hydraway is a flat drain system that is easily rolled out on its side into a narrow, relatively shallow trench. Next, the trench is filled with coarse, clean sand, and the drainage system is complete. Gravel is no longer necessary!
Instead of holes in perforated pipe systems that allow in all varieties of dirt, gravel, and other contaminants over time, Hydraway’s core is thermally bonded to needle-punctured fabric that allows for high water inflow rates while resisting clogging from surrounding contaminants. In other words, where sand would quickly enter a traditional perforated pipe in a French drain system, which thus requires gravel, Hydraway can block even grains of sand.
Commercial French drain design has been limited for years by outdated technology. From pipeless French drains to an evolution that included perforated pipe, we’ve moved beyond antiquated technology.
Investments in landscaping require an effective drainage solution that will ensure water ends up in a catch basin or other destination instead of forming a small pond that you didn’t plan on.
Hydraway technology offers an easier solution than installing a French drain to protect your landscaping project. Click here to learn how easy it is to install a Hydraway system, and you’ll be able to see why digging a trench only a few inches wide presents less of a problem for landscape drainage.
Building a French drain under a field of sports turf is equally problematic. The sand that covers the Hydraway system is far easier to work with than gravel, whether you are constructing the system as part of a natural or synthetic turf field. Sports field drainage systems must be operating efficiently day in and day out to protect investments in athletic fields. There is more than the field to consider. Ticket sales, rates of player injury, and more can all be affected if the drainage system isn’t going to last for years on end.
Hydraway is available in custom lengths.
No matter how you look at it, it’s easy to see how a drainage system that functions more effectively, is easier to install, and lasts longer will be a better investment than a system that became popular in the mid-19th century. Hydraway has a zero-percent failure rate when properly installed, meaning that drainage problems and excess water will be a thing of the past.
Hydraway has been chosen and installed in homes, civil construction projects, professional and amateur athletic facilities, and public infrastructure projects across the United States and around the world. Our network of distributors can get Hydraway to any worksite quickly and efficiently. No matter where your project is located or what it entails, Hydraway ships easily and is simple to install. One important feature is that Hydraway can ship in custom-size rolls of up to 2,250 feet. Once shipped on coils, it is laid flat, making installation far easier than a traditional French drain.
Do you have a new construction project in your future? Or maybe your field is suffering from surface water during heavy rain or another drainage problem and you’re looking to solve it by replacing your French drain system. If so, be sure to contact Hydraway. Our consultative approach means that qualified engineers will come out to your site and help develop the right solution for you. Connect with us today to learn more!