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 effective, durable, or reliable as strip drains and are often more expensive to install. One of the most glaring advantages strip drains offer is their superior water intake or inflow rate. Strip drains can move a much higher volume of water when compared to other systems.
The open surface area of the strip drain core allows for faster permeability of groundwater into the drain, while the geosynthetic filtration ensures the system will remain free flowing. 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 traditional linear drains. The narrow trenches strip drains are installed to require little ground disturbance, and no extra layers of gravel or sand are needed. High quality strip drains are easily installed. As the product is unrolled, there is zero memory to the coil, as found with traditional drain tile, making it much easier to work with. The simplified installation also translates into cost savings. Fewer labor hours and workers are required to install strip drains.