From construction site drainage to sports fields and airport runways, strip drains have become the solution of choice for builders and facility managers across a range of industries. Traditional perforated pipe solutions have a number of disadvantages versus modern strip drain systems, and Hydraway is leading the industry in strip drain technology.
Strip drains work on the same principles as a traditional perforated pipe system. That is, water flows into the system and, using the force of gravity, facilitates drainage. We can think of these technologies as different steps along a timeline.
For most of human history, we either didn’t utilize drainage at all. Instead, people opted to settle on higher ground or use simple trenches and landscaping to direct water. Eventually, most likely in the mid-19th century, the French drain was invented. Essentially a gravel-filled trench, the French drain was one of the first truly effective drainage solutions.
Next came the perforated pipe. First made from clay and now made from plastic or metal, a perforated pipe is placed in a trench, holes facing down, so that water rises, flows into the system, and then drains away.
Each of these systems was more effective than the last but eventually succumbed to clogging and other issues.
More recently, the strip drain has become the drainage tool of choice. Strip drains are flexible and thus capable of being rolled for easy transport to the worksite. Strip drains are manufactured from plastic and are generally installed on their side in narrow trenches, simplifying the strip drain installation process.
Civil infrastructure like airport runways, public landscaping, retaining walls, and other essential public structures depend on effective drainage. One of the problems faced by states and municipalities is, you guessed it, a tight budget.
Strip drains, particularly the Hydraway 2000, offer an easier installation than traditional drainage solutions while providing superior drainage that protects critical infrastructure. How is this relevant for a project with a tight budget?
Keep in mind that no road, wall, or runway is going to last forever, but water damage and erosion caused by ineffective drainage will only speed up the process.
What is something that almost all commercial facilities have in common? The parking lot. Asphalt and even concrete surfaces are prone to cracking and damage if water is allowed to collect under their surface. By installing Hydraway beneath and alongside your parking lot, you will be able to spend less time worrying about expensive repair projects.
Over time, traditional perforated pipe drainage systems are bound to clog. It is only a matter of time before this causes potentially serious damage to your structures. A better answer is to implement a drainage solution that won’t require you to dig up your system to have it fixed.
Sports fields are yet another application where superior drainage is absolutely critical. When standing water is a problem on your field, the state of play—if the field is even usable—will be severely hindered.
When athletes can’t play on your field, attendance is going to drop. In other words, there is a cascade of negative effects that come from inferior drainage. This is all leaving aside the even more pressing issue of an increased potential for player injury.
The Hydraway 2000 drainage system can be installed in both natural and synthetic turf fields and is relied on by professional teams and universities alike to preserve their field.
Today, there are a number of strip drain manufacturers, producing drains of varying quality. Hydraway differentiates itself in a few important ways.
Zero-Percent Failure Rate – A Hydraway system has literally never failed when properly installed. We will come out to your project site and consult on how your system should be designed, ensuring that you can count on reliable drainage for years to come.
Needle-Punctured Fabric Exterior – Traditional perforated pipe systems inevitably suffer from clogging. Eventually, strip drains can suffer from similar issues. Hydraway is constructed in such a way that sand, dirt, and silt are kept out of the system while water flows freely.
Higher In-Flow Rate – Not only can Hydraway resist clogging, but water also can enter the system faster than any other system on the market. Even during heavy rains, this prevents standing water buildup. Plus, because water can flow over more of the interior surface than with other systems, water can be more efficiently drained.
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