Do you have pooling water after a storm or maybe you can’t get your mail in winter because your driveway has become a skating rink? It doesn’t matter if your driveway is big, small, or how it is shaped, they share the need for proper drainage.
What may cause some of these water issues?
Improper leveling/grading is a major culprit for standing water. This is easily solved if your project is a new construction and you are able to consider all factors of water removal before anything is set in concrete. What happens if this isn’t a new project? Many homeowners believe they can solve their issues by grading or digging a shallow trench but these are usually a temporary solution to a long-term issue.
Why a Trench Drain vs a French Drain?
French drains are wonderful at removing moisture from over-saturated soil but there are some things to consider for it to work efficiently. Slope of the soil and position of the French drain are important so that water can slowly drain through it and away from the house. For this reason, they typically are not the best option for removing large amounts of water in a small span of time. French drains also become inundated during high rainfall conditions and become ineffective to preventing residential flooding. Roots from landscaping can displace or even damage the pipe causing the French drain needing to be replaced after a time.
Trench drains are a perfect way to catch and remove water from residential areas quickly and efficiently. Most homeowners are uncertain of what is needed to help them remove the water and unsure of what questions to ask. Some questions your customer service rep may ask:
What type of traffic is going over the system? They want to know if there will be heavy delivery trucks, cars or just people walking over the channel. It helps them to determine how sturdy the system needs to be and what type of grates need to be in the channel to handle the traffic load.
How are intending to direct your system and what size outlet is needed? It is important to know if you’re draining out the bottom or end of the system so that we can offer the correct outlet. It is also helpful to know what the system is connecting to. For example, if you are connecting to pipes, it is helpful to know how big they are and what material they are made of in order to receive the proper guidance to connect the two systems.
How long of a run do you need? A run is the total continuous length needed in a section. In some projects, you may have more than one area that you need trench drain for so more than one run is needed. This information ensures that the customer receives the correct amount of attachments such as end caps, install chairs, couplers, and outlets.
Trench Drain Systems offers systems already in kits with everything you will need for your project up to certain lengths in our online store.
If you have a larger project or can’t find what you are looking for online, give us a call and one of our customer service representatives will provide you with assistance.