As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 begins, let's continue to look back at the most viewed blog posts of 2016
#6 - Backstop Wall Drainage
Back to the topic of drainage. In this post, we look at drainage
along a backstop wall. Often, a new brick or solid surface wall is
constructed with little to no consideration to drainage. Obviously, a
solid wall will need drainage to move water. A french drain can be
installed, but I prefer not to have gravel on the surface of a warning
track or full infield softball surface as illustrated below.
The best option is a channel drain.
Let’s go the the MLB/P&G Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy.
The complex constructed in fall 2013 and opened in spring 2014. The
goal of the installation was to ensure water moved off the warning
track. Channel drains were installed and tied into the drainage from
the wall. Finally a heel proof cover was added. Problem solved! To be
clear, the drainage supplier was requiring that the drain be installed
with 4 inches of concrete on both sides of the drain in the event of a
vehicle driving over the drain. Needless to say, this was removed due
to the fact that you cannot drive over the drain. No issues after 2+
years of play/maintenance.
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