Hydraway was tasked with supplying the drainage system for an Iowa baseball field in preparation for a game between the Yankees and the White Sox. The game was scheduled to be played on the site where Field of Dreams was filmed, giving Hydraway a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
A general contractor called Hydraway to assist in the field design. One of our top experts, Jim Surrell, visited the location to properly gauge the field size. The general contractor provided a drainage design, and our team of professionals made the necessary modifications. The game was going to be broadcast nationally, and the field needed to meet high standards.
The Hydraway Drainage System was recommended and provided to the contractor. Hydraway has a highly respected reputation as a first in class drainage system. We supplied over 12,000 feet of 12-inch Hydraway for the field. Jim specified a percolation rate of 18 to 28-inches per hour, meaning a rainfall event where 3-inches of water came down an hour before the game would be channeled off the field with no rain delay.
There was no rain on game day! Nevertheless, the field was prepared with the Hydraway Drainage System to handle a significant amount of precipitation. Incidentally, the field did receive 2.5-inches of rain the evening before the game and Hydraway made it possible for the field crew to mow the field the morning of the game.
The Hydraway Drainage System FAQ
What is the Hydraway Drainage System?
The Hydraway Drainage System is a system that allows water to rapidly exit the field on all sides. By draining water quickly, Hydraway alleviates the issues that arise when rainwater accumulates on a playing surface.
What Are the System Components?
Hydraway is a flat strip drain solution that lasts longer and performs better than competing drainage systems. Hydraway is a geocomposite subsurface drainage solution that’s composed of a structured high-density polyethylene (HDPE) perforated core that is thermally bonded to a geotextile filter fabric. Hydraway resists clogging better than perforated drainage systems and maintains flow rates over time. There has never been a failure of the Hydraway product when installed correctly.
Why Use the Hydraway Drainage System on Your Fields?
Poorly drained fields can lead to damaged playing surfaces, a loss of playing time, loss of revenue, and most seriously, reduced safety for players. Installing the Hydraway Drainage System ensures your field is in peak playing condition and prevents injuries. Hydraway provides a competitive edge by offering superior support and always having inventory ready to ship. Contact us today, and you’ll see why Hydraway is the drainage system of choice.
Why Hydraway is Better Than Traditional Drainage Systems
The Hydraway Drainage System performs better than traditional drainage systems in the following ways:
Most traditional systems are difficult to install and require a significant amount of digging. Traditional French drain systems require, on average, a trench to be dug 8-inches wide by 12-inches deep.
Hydraway piping features zero coil memory and lies completely flat, significantly reducing installation time. Installing Hydraway vertically requires a trench of 3-4-inches wide by 12-15-inches deep. Not only are labor hours being reduced, but with the reduced trench size there is a backfill material cost savings.
In Flow Rate
Most traditional systems only offer inflow rates of 4%. This creates minimal space for water intake and slows drainage speeds.
In Flow Rate
The Hydraway system is open on all four sides and provides an 85% inflow rate. A higher inflow rate limits water backup and promotes quicker drainage for your athletic field.
Traditional systems clog easily with dirt and debris, leading to water building, flooding, and system failure.
Hydraway’s system prevents dirt and silt particles from entering the system. Our built-in clog prevention means your system always works at full capacity.
The structural integrity of a traditional system weakens over time and eventually requires expensive repairs.
The Hydraway Drainage System is built to last. Our system features a 0% fail rate when properly installed.