Water Will Find a Way

concrete retention wall failure from lack of drainage

If there was ever a substance on Earth that will find a way through its water. Humans have built incredible networks of earth retaining structures such as tunnels, culverts, stormwater systems, retaining walls, bridge abutments, and seawalls. These structures are built to be tough and to contain heavy loads of soil and water. But the fact is that hydrostatic pressure is a different sort of load, one that is fluid and can move through the smallest of openings, and if there is a weakness it exploits it. And if trapped water freezes, it expands and promotes the cracking further.

Drainage systems have come in all shapes and sizes over human history but have vastly evolved since the late 19th century as the need for underground and retaining structures has grown. These hydrostatic relief systems have one thing in common, they are doomed to fail. Traditional weep-holes release soil and fines and eventually clog, geotextile fabrics and drainage friendly French drains will eventually fill with soil particles and become clogged or blinded. The sad part is that these systems are not maintainable. Which means when they fail, they must be replaced which requires excavation and is often cost prohibitive. This is where Jet Filter maintainable weephole system comes in.

Our philosophy at JET Filter is if water is going to find a way then give it a better path of least resistance that doesn’t compromise the structure or the soils behind it. Jet Filter maintainable weepholes are a two-stage conical filter system that are installed through the wall. The system efficiently releases water without letting the soil wash away through the drainage outlet. The Jet Filter weep-hole system is simply installed through the wall, is built to last, and is easily maintained on a 2-5 year schedule.

If you are looking for a hydrostatic relief solution that is maintainable and extends the life of your structure, then look no further. 

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