Many times during my travels I am asked, “What is the best way to drain water from hard surfaces?”
Well, let me illustrate a way to drain water, and a way to collect water.
First, let’s look at a bleacher pad next to a youth football field. Concrete installers are famous for ensuring “their” concrete is at the highest elevation. No matter that it will/could back up water from the 1.5% crown.
In this example, a french drain was installed and tied into a storm structure. Finally the line was backfilled with washed stone. Problem solved.
The second example was at the youth baseball field at the same complex. Currently a french drain has not been installed, you can clearly see the results of the concrete installation.
Bottom line, when installing concrete, be sure to allow/account for drainage.
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