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How To Put A Drain In A Concrete Driveway

How To Put A Drain In A Concrete Driveway

If you’ve found that puddles are forming on your driveway, that water isn’t draining correctly, or that the surface of your driveway is showing signs of water damage, then it’s time to get proper drainage installed!

Poor drainage can have some serious consequences, so there is no time like the present to get your driveway up to standard. 

If you’re trying to fix drainage problems with existing driveways then it can be a little bit more difficult, but it’s definitely not impossible. 

Here’s how to put a drain in a concrete driveway and solve many of the common drainage issues…

Installing a Trench Drain in a Concrete Driveway

For a concrete driveway with drainage problems, one of the best solutions is to install a trench drain. The process is quite simple but does involve a fair bit of hard work.

If you have never attempted a similar project, then it’s worth calling in the experts to install a new drain for you. However, if you’re ready to get stuck in, here are the key steps for installing a trench drain in a concrete driveway:

Step One: Pick a Spot for the Drain

The first step is to choose the best location for the trench drain to go. For driveways, this is very often at the end of the driveway where the water should naturally run off.

You’ll need to assess the area and make sure that you purchase a drain channel kit that is the right size for the location and double-check that the water is naturally running towards that area.

How To Put A Drain In A Concrete Driveway

Once you’re certain that the layout will properly allow the water to drain away, it’s time to place the channels in the trench and connect the pipes. The system will need to be secure before any concrete is added

Step Two: Dig the Trench

The chosen area will then need to be excavated. This will involve removing at least 4 inches of dirt and creating a trench that is wide enough to fit the drain. To make sure that the water drains properly, the drain will need to be installed at a gradual slope, about a 5mm drop for every 1m of drain channel.

A base will then need to be created for the drain. You can create a base by compacting gravel or sand on the bottom of the trench. 

Step Three: Direct the Water

The next step is to make sure that the water that’ll be collected by the drain is directed to the right place. For most drains, this will mean that the system will need to be properly connected to drainage pipes underground. 

It’s important to make sure that the lowest part of the drain is connected to the pipes, whilst the highest part of the drain is capped. 

Step Four: Add the Concrete

Once you’re certain that the layout will properly allow the water to drain away, it’s time to place the channels in the trench and connect the pipes. The system will need to be secure before any concrete is added. 

Cover the drain system and pour the concrete into the trench, making sure to check that the concrete is flowing underneath the channels. Leave the concrete to cure before use. 

How To Put A Drain In A Concrete Driveway

Between the great drainage of a resin driveway and the amazing options for finishes, it has become a top option for a modern driveway material

Improving Driveway Drainage with Resin Bound Surfaces

If you’re really struggling to deal with the drainage on your driveway then another option is to have a resin bound driveway installed. In some cases, where an existing concrete driveway is strong and stable, the resin bound surface can even be installed on top. 

A resin bound surface is a little different to concrete, in that a resin bound surface is permeable and many concrete surfaces aren’t permeable. The benefit of a permeable surface is that water run off is reduced, and drainage is much more effective. 

The nature of a resin bound surface means that puddles are unlikely to form and as water doesn’t sit around for long, the surface is not as likely to get slippery in cold weather. 

A resin driveway is SUDs compliant and provides great natural drainage, which for homes with excess water problems, is an incredibly important feature. 

Call Home Logic Today for Leading Driveway Solutions!

If you’re concerned about the drainage of your driveway and would like more information about resin bound surfacing, then please don’t hesitate to call our team today on 0800 1700 636. You can rest assured that our experts will put you back on the right track to having a safe and beautiful driveway from the outset!