Vertical drainage systems are a proven solution for accelerating the consolidation process of loose soils. To maximize your vertical drainage system‘s efficiency and functionality, use strip drains as your horizontal drainage solution.
A vertical drainage system aims to create a channel to transport soil water to speed up the settlement process. Depending on how porous the type of soil you are working in is, the settlement process can take anywhere from a few years to decades. The time the settlement process takes is known as the consolidation period. Vertical drainage systems shorten the consolidation process by transporting water from the soil to drainage areas. Drainage pump systems are typically used to increase the forced water flow. The quicker the earth at a construction site is stabilized, the sooner projects can begin.
Vertical drains are prefabricated geotextile filter-wrapped plastic strips with grooved channels. The filter wraps prevent soil and debris from entering the drain, resulting in constant flow rates for the entering water.
To create the most dependable and efficient drainage, a drainage path must be provided to receive water and conduct it from under the surcharge to appropriate discharge pipes. This drainage system must perform without applying excessive back-pressure to the vertical drains, causing delays in the consolidation process. Traditionally, layers of sand or gravel are installed above the horizontal drainage system in a process known as surcharging. The best solution is to install a strip drain as your flat drain path to receive inflow from the vertical drainage system. Strip drains either reduce or eliminate the need to use the granular layer.
Vertical drainage systems are a proven method that has been applied in a variety of construction sites. Prefabricated vertical drains are most commonly used as a ground improvement method in commercial, civil, and industrial applications, such as:
- Mining areas
- Dredging and land reclamation
- Flood protection
- Tank farms
When comparing strip drains to alternative drainage systems, it is clear that strip drains are the most beneficial. French drains and traditional pipe systems are not as durable or reliable. One of the most glaring advantages strip drains offer is their superior water intake. Strip drains can hold a much higher volume of water when compared to other systems.
A strip drain’s channels allow water to permeate into the ground faster, helping to prevent puddling and surface flooding. The chances of flooding are almost nonexistent. As long as you install the proper size strip drain, clogs are virtually impossible. They are designed to prevent soil and other debris from entering. The highest quality strip drains have a 0% failure rate.
Strip drains also benefit worksites by being easier to install than French drains or other linear drains. The narrow trenches strip drains are installed to require little ground disturbance, and no extra layers of gravel or sand are needed. The simplified installation also translates into cost savings. Fewer labor hours and workers are required to install strip drains.
To use the most dependable and proven strip drain system available, trust the Hydraway 2000. As part of the Hydraway family of products, it is manufactured to outlast other drainage systems and provide continual superior performance during its extended service life.
The Hydraway 2000 is so reliable that there has never been a reported malfunction due to quality or manufacturing defects. This provides users with peace of mind that french drains and traditional pipe systems just can’t.
Along with a 0% failure rate, the Hydraway 2000 offers the following advantages:
- Higher inflow rates
- Clog-resistant construction
- Reduced installation costs
No commercial drainage system is more reliable than Hydraway. We can meet the needs of any project anywhere in the world. We have worldwide distribution partners that can get custom sizes to you quickly. To learn more about the drainage and water solutions, contact Hydraway today.