Choices for a Heavy-Duty Drainage System at Home

21 June 2016
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A heavy-duty drainage system is usually used in businesses like car washes or production facilities that use a tremendous amount of water in their manufacturing process, as standard drains cannot manage their rate of water flow. However, you might also need a heavy-duty drainage system for your residential property; this can be needed if you have a barn with livestock and need to rinse out the flooring regularly or work on cars yourself and clean them in your home's garage. Too much rainwater that gets trapped on your property can also mean the need for a heavy-duty drainage system. Note your options for these systems and then discuss these with a contractor as needed.

Channel and trench drainage

This type of drainage system is fairly basic and is installed underground; the channel may be placed at the garage or barn floor, and then interlocking pieces can be directed to any area of your property or to a runoff area. A heavy-duty channel and trench drainage system allows you to create a trench of any length and then also control the flow of water in any direction, so it can also be good to use under downspouts if they tend to create puddles around the home's foundation. A heavy-duty channel and trench system can be used for when you may be draining solid matter, such as when hosing out a barn.

Drainage boxes

A drainage box can be square or round, and it is buried just under the ground's surface, with a grate left exposed. The box will then have a series of pipes that jut out from any or all sides, directing the water in various direction. The box itself doesn't let the water overwhelm the pipes so you're not going to get a flooded area around the drainage system channel itself. These can be used for when you want to create a drainage and also an irrigation system together; the pipes from the drainage box can be directed to areas of your property or garden that need irrigation rather than to a plumbing or runoff area. 

Sump pumps

A sump pump has the advantage of managing the drainage for you; when an area has water on the floor, you turn on the pump and it will suck up the water and then pump it to another area. You can use sump pumps along with a drainage system; the pump might direct the water to a channel or grate of a trench drain, which then directs water to plumbing pipes or into a runoff point.\

For more information on these heavy duty drainage systems and which might work best for your system, contact a local drainage system installation company.