Monthly Archives: October 2012

DRAINAGE PROBLEM: CLOGGED SUBSURFACE PIPES

 

Drainage system maintenance requires the regular removal of debris which can block pipes and stop or reduce flow.  Leaves and debris are collected in gutters along with rainwater and make their way through the downspout and into pipe lines. The result can be a clogged line that can cause water backup and costly damage to basements, foundations and the landscape. Clearing pipe clogs can be done using a high pressure water tool or a snake- but snakes are not recommended for single wall pipe with a corrugated interior.  Cleaning pipe lines is a hassle which can easily be prevented. Here is one option:

 

DRAINAGE SOLUTION: FLEX GRATE Landscape Drainage Filter

  • Filters leaves and debris
  • Eliminates emptying catch basins
  • Built-in connector for easy installation
  • Protects against clogged pipes
  • Easily bends and holds its shape
  • Expands 14 inches
  • Fits 2″ x 3″ or 3″ x 4″ downspouts 

InvisaFlow uses recycled HDPE from post consumer bottles in their products and 100% RECYCLED paper in their packaging.

 

 DRAINAGE PROBLEM: How to re-direct rainwater from structures without digging a pipeline?

Now you can reroute rainwater while blending the drainage system in with the landscape. Grading is important, but it’s not always enough to protect the foundation of a home. Every downspout should have an extension installed to direct the runoff a safe distance from the foundation.

DRAINAGE SOLUTION: Stealth Flow Low Profile Downspout Extension

The StealthFlow low-profile downspout extension gets the job done and REQUIRES NO DIGGING.  Simply cover the StealthFlow extension with mulch, stones or straw.

 

  • Diverts water away from the foundation
  • Disappears into the landscape
  • No digging required
  • Fits all standard downspouts
  • Snap together 28” interlocking sections to any desired length

DRAINAGE PROBLEM: HOW TO TAKE AWAY RAINWATER WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FROM THE LANDSCAPE?

DRAINAGE SOLUTION: STEALTH SPOUT LOW-PROFILE DRAIN EMITTER

The low profile design of the StealthSpout Drain Emitter makes the drainage system in your landscape virtually blend in with its surroundings. The drain exit disappears into the landscape, leaving its beauty unobstructed.  The StealthSpout simply connects to the end of 4” drainage pipe and its low profile spout gives wider water dispersion, reducing erosion. Constructed of high density polyethylene, the StealthSpout fits 3” and 4” straight pipe and 4” corrugated pipe.

 

StealthSpout is perfect for low grade applications like curbs, where round pipe installation prevents correct forming.  The thin layer of concrete can crack over time.

The low profile design of StealthSpout allows for a greater amount of concrete around the outlet- and a more desirable long term result.

12” extensions are available to complete extended drainage runs. The interlocking pieces snap together on the end of the StealthSpout and can be used under sidewalks, in retaining wall weepholes, curbs, and planting beds.

Dewatering Bags

DRAINAGE PROBLEM:  HOW TO RETAIN SEDIMENT IN WATER PUMPING APPLICATIONS?

DRAINAGE SOLUTION: USE A DEWATERING BAG– NOW WITH REUSEABLE OPTIONS.

 

Dewatering Bags help maintain ground water quality, decrease pollutants, and safely manage flooding as regulated through the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Phase I & II. When the pumped water reaches the device, the sediment is captured by the bag. Fabric coverage provides steady filtration and a high flow rate while retaining soil particles. Dewatering Bags offer an economical solution for many stormwater situations.

  • EASILY ATTACHES TO DISCHARGE HOSE
  • MORE CONVENIENT TO USE THAN SEDIMENT TRAPS OR OTHER MECHANISMS
  • AVAILABLE IN 6’ x 6’, 10’ x 10’, 10’ x 15’, AND 15’ x 15’ SIZES.

Ultra-Dewatering Bag, Reusable Model 

Reusable Dewatering Bag for Large Jobs and Big Savings

This Dewatering Bag can be used to capture sediment suspended in water pumped from low-lying areas or retention ponds.  It is ideal for use in dewatering operations with large quantities of silt, sediment, or dirt. The Ultra-Dewatering Bag can be emptied and reused repeatedly.

  • Large 3’–5’ opening allows easy access and removal of trapped sediment.
  • Galvanized steel Locking Rods are quickly and easily installed to secure bag opening during dewatering.
  • Helps comply with NPDES, 40 CFR 122.26 (1999).
  • Available in 3’ x 5’ or 5’ x 7’ sizes.

 

Wattles, Socks, and Logs

Best Management Practices

 “It is not practical to assume that all erosion and sedimentation issues associated

with a construction project can be controlled through surface stabilization.

Construction, by nature, involves land disturbance and as such will result in soil

material being left unprotected as clearing and grading operations occur.

Therefore, sediment control must be an integral part of any erosion and sediment

control plan.” -From the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.

Wattles, Socks and Logs

The Straw Wattle is a lightweight option for sediment control.  The straw wattle consists of 99.9% weed-free wheat, oat, barley, or rice straw, compacted into a 9” diameter. Wattle netting is made of non-woven photodegradable HDPE (high density polypropylene) with a 1 year UV inhibitor.

Installed following contours intermittently throughout the slope to decrease water velocity and increase sediment retention, the Straw Wattle can also be beneficial around water inlets and catch basins or topsoil stockpiles. Straw Wattles can be used in conjunction with other erosion control techniques including, but not limited to, erosion control blankets, silt fence, hydro-seeding and loose straw.

The 10’ Sediment Sock (pictured below) can be filled on site.  It is a tube of 36” needle punched, 6 ounce nonwoven black fabric, machine produced from 100% polypropylene. The sock is specifically designed to hold on to sediment while readily allowing water to pass thorough.

 The 10’ Sediment Log is constructed with black 6 ounce non woven filter fabric and is pre-filled with mulch or wood chips. It retains sediment yet is highly permeable to water. Characteristics include small pore size, high U.V. resistance, high permittivity and a high percent open area.