Earth Retention

Combining Hydraway with soil nail walls is one of the most effective earth retention solutions on the market today.

How Do Soil Nails Work?

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 combined with a Hydraway drainage system, retaining walls and other similar civil infrastructure can perform their desired functions better.

Soil nails are vertical rods drilled into the earth to reinforce sloped sections of earth. Soil nails can be installed to be 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 cost-saving and time-saving technology 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.

The Hydraway Drainage System

A Perfect Match

Soil nail walls can be combined with Hydraway drainage systems to create an incredibly effective retaining wall, excavation, or earth retention solution.

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Combining Hydraway With Soil Nails

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 nail drilling is performed in vertical steps, with construction starting at the top of the excavation and proceeding down. Once an excavated level is reinforced with soil nails, a permanent or temporary facing is applied to retain the soil. The resulting soil structure has nails placed to depth and of a sufficient density to ensure it can resist the forces imposed by the soil and surcharge loads.

A drainage system is installed behind soil nails walls to collect perched groundwater or infiltrated surface water that is present behind the facing and direct the collected ground water away from the wall. Hydraway, a geocomposite strip drain, is laid behind the wall to collect the water and channel it away.

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.

  • Higher Inflow Rate: Hydraway allows water to enter the system and flow freely to its destination in a way that that other strip drain systems simply can not match.
  • Clog Resistance: Hydraway’s needle-punctured filter  fabric is thermally bonded to the core of the strip drain to prevent dirt, silt, or sand from entering the system.
  • Easy Installation: Hydraway installation is speedier because it does not exhibit coil memory after being shipped.
The Hydraway Drainage System

Why Contractors Choose Hydraway

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.

Hydraway can help mitigate the effects of erosion and potential disaster when installed alongside soil nail walls. Even in the best scenario, earth retention failures can be costly. For example, retaining walls alongside highway entrance or exit ramps must meet incredibly high standards of structural integrity. During construction, soil nails are the best way to hold the earth back. Placing Hydraway againted the excavated face of the earthen slope relieves hydrostatic pressure and allows the water to be channeled away. Contact us using the form below to get started.

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