Use a trench drain to divert water from your driveway before unchecked water flow damages the garage or the foundation. Installing a driveway trench drain before water runoff can wipe out your driveway saves time and energy in the future.
Capture the deluge with a trench drain across the driveway and re-route the water to a lower point where it will cause no damage. This is tricky for some homeowners in low-lying areas but can be resolved by running the water into a sump. Once you have a plan for the final outlet, you can begin considering which driveway drainage system will work best for you.
Recommendations for Driveway Drainage Systems
Dura Slope (by NDS)
The Dura Slope system is a pre-sloped HDPE system that comes in 48” lengths, making it more suitable for smaller driveways. With plastic grating for light traffic and slotted or decorative cast iron grates for heavier traffic, the Dura Slope is a system built by your project parameters.
Polycast 600 Series (by Hubbell)
A pre-sloped concrete channel reinforced with polymer resin, the Polycast 600 Series is a durable drainage system that is extremely resistant to freeze-thaw. Because it offers slotted galvanized steel grating, cast iron grates and ADA Compliant / Heel Friendly options that support the weight of light to commercial vehicles, the Polycast 600 Series is a versatile driveway drain.
MEArin 100 System (by MEA-Josam)
A great system for residential and light commercial applications. With a dozen decorative grating options, you can solve drainage issues AND make a nice looking addition to your home's hardscape. MEArin 100 is easy to install with step-by-step instructions.
EconoDrain (by MultiDrain)
EconoDrain is a trench former system, a frame-and-grate system that uses a polystyrene form to save time and labor. The EconoDrain Trench Forming System replaces frame-and-grate systems, eliminating the need to build a box form prior to installation. By using a customizable polystyrene form, EconoDrain offers a smoother, pre-sloped channel that can come in 4", 6", 10" or 12" widths.
Perma-Trench Z886 (by Zurn)
The Perma-Trench Z886 Series makes large driveway drain installations more convenient with its extended, 80” lengths. The lightweight Z886 is composed of impact resistant plastic with low water absorption. This plastic driveway drain system offers several grate choices, including steel, iron, plastic and decorative.