Case study 46- Types of Drains

Various Types of Drains


Although most people
immediately think of storms and floods, when pipes and drainage are being
mentioned, there are actually several drain types that can be used for a
variety of purposes. If you want to learn more about them, read on.

Storm Water

Unlike regular
rainfall, storms often bring an extraordinary amount of rainwater to an area.
The various types of soil as well as the structure of the area may not be
adequate to handle the exponential increase in water, and without a proper
storm water drainage system, the area may become flooded as a result.

With the right
storm water drain system, a home, a street, and even an entire community can be
protected from floods. Retail parking lots as well as airport runways and
tarmacs can also benefit tremendously from a properly installed storm water
drainage system.

There are several
options available when it comes to drain types that may be employed for the
purpose of preventing floods. The traditional option used to be concrete pipes.
But with the recent advances in modern technology, there are already pipes made
of polyethylene, which offers several distinct advantages. Among them is that
the lighter weight of the material being used decreases the time needed to
install the system when compared to the installation of concrete pipes. In
addition, unlike concrete pipes, these newer pipes do not require the use of
heavy equipment during installation. And despite the lightness of polyethylene
compared to other drain types, it is still tough enough to withstand corrosion,
abrasive flows, and even the harshest sewer cleaning tools.

Sanitary Pipes

Perhaps the most
overlooked among the types of drains that an average home uses is the sanitary
pipe. In fact, most homeowners only notice it when it begins to malfunction.

Though there are
a variety of options for the kind of pipe you can use for this purpose, you
will need long-lasting pipes that are economical. PVC pipes used to be the pipe
of choice for this system, but now newer polypropylene resin pipes have
replacing them. These pipes are lightweight and easy to install. They are also
resistant to impact and abrasions, and do not get damaged when they come in
contact with various chemicals.


Some people
actually believe that farmlands do not need pipe drainage systems at all. They
assume that the presence of soil is more than enough to absorb any level of
rainfall. However, this is entirely incorrect. In fact, countless corrugated
polyethylene pipes have already been set up in American farmlands today, and these
pipes are used primarily for field drainage so that flooding can be avoided and
the farmland can yield more crops.

Even if flooding
is not a concern, these pipe systems can be used to control the level of
moisture in the soil. It will enable farmers to have their lands yield better
and healthier crops. These pipes are often outfitted with screen guards to
prevent debris and animals from entering the drainage systems.

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