Gravel French Drain versus EZ-Drain comparison

Gravel French Drain versus EZ-Drain comparison


Script Open:
Music: open with NDS Theme Music Shot Screen:
(Show picture of gravel piled next to EZ Drain) Fade to Actor: On Screen
* Thanks for taking a minute to check out the time study we did recently to compare
a 50’french drain installation using our EZ Drain gravel free French drain product
versus a traditional gravel French drain * Off to my left here, you can see the two
drainage solutions next to each other. The video is going to show product delivery, installation
and clean up after the trench has been dug. Let’s get started.
Fade to Video * Chapter 1: Getting Started (VO)
The first you need to do is to dig a 50′ trench. For the time study, we assumed that
both 50′ trenches took the same amount of time
* Chapter 2: Delivering the product & prepping the trench
Next, the gravel had to be ordered and delivered via truck and dumped in front of the home.
The EZ Drain product, on the other hand, was picked up at the local home center store and
did not require delivery. One thing to note for planning purposes is that 1 cubic yard
of gravel equals  the same as 30 feet of EZ Drain in a 12″x12″ trench.
* Chapter 3: Filling the trench Now that the trenches have been dug, EZ Drain
is installed in our first trench and fabric is being pinned[RL1] in the second trench
as the first step of a gravel French drain system. (Chris: Start split screen)
* You can see the EZ Drain product is lightweight and easy to transport to the trench. Gravel,
on the other hand, needs to be shoveled into the wheelbarrow and then delivered to the
trench. Gravel also leaves a trail around the trench that needs to be cleaned up afterward
to prevent catching and damaging your lawn mower.
* At the 7 minute mark, you can see that EZ Drain has already been assembled and put into
the trench — you are ready to backfill soil and add the sod.
* (Show EZ Drain being completed at the 30 minute mark — keep on screen for duration
of GRAVEL installation[RL2]) * The gravel installation is still being worked
on as the filter fabric needed to be pinned to the sides of the trench, then gravel loaded
into the trench, followed by installation of the corrugated pipe and then covered with
more gravel before finally backfilling with soil and topping with sod.
* (Closing shot — Ryan holding stop watch on gravel installation side of split screen)
* On Camera: Fade to Actor with music * So there you have it….Once the trench
was dug, EZ Drain was installed in 30 minutes including back filling soil and replacing
sod. The traditional French drain took 1 hour and 9 minutes — that’s half the time!
* So which would you rather do? [thumb over to pile of gravel next to EZ Drain from frame
1) * Music fade out
* Add a banner that is interactive and says “Click here for a Mail In Rebate Offer on
EZ Drain” Closing Screen About NDS VO
For more than 30 years, NDS, Inc. has been a leader in storm water management solutions
for the residential and non residential market. For more information on our other stormwater
drainage solutions and special offers, go to ndspro.com [RL1]Laid out and pinned
[RL2]Add 30 minute stop watch

12 thoughts on “Gravel French Drain versus EZ-Drain comparison

  1. EZ-Drain material costs can be less, about the same or slightly more than a traditional Gravel and Pipe French Drain System depending on the price of aggregate in your area. Regardless of material costs, what most homeowners find is the ease of installation and amount of time saved installing the product (normally 50% savings). The amount of time and labor savings more than offsets any possible increase in material cost. Hope this is helpful!

  2. Have you studied how the product works vs. the traditional method? Time savings is great, but if it doesn't work as well, you haven't saved anything at all.

  3. Reduced installation time is definitely a positive but its not everything. If you're going to make comparisons you should compare all the parameters of a proper drainage system not just a few.

  4. I wanna see the guy who dug that trench out in under ten. Lol I've used this product and it's great. However in super tight areas around footings with pre existing landscape installed already the size does become a bit of an issue to get in.

  5. Thank you for the quick reply. With installation recommendations followed, I assume you have no problem recommending your product to be placed under the drip edge of a house to collect and move rainwater.

  6. Being in marketing , I understand the time savings and need to reitterate that the time savings is where the biggest benefit is. However nice the product is, the price point is very high for what it is. At a cost of $50 per ten foot section it's priced high compared to other methods. Also, gravel drains much faster than many soil types. If the soil has a high clay content, the ez drain method will work poorly as it will take much longer for the water to drain through the soil into the drain pipe. I don't expect marketing videos to completely forthright, but this video doesn't show not explain the whole picture and ignores many factors that would make the ez drain system sub par. Quicker is often times not better.

  7. I am a contractor and I would rather cut install time in half and spend a little more on EZ- Drain. I love the prefab system.I don't even have to hook my trailer up for this system. I am the business owner and head operator/ laborer and the cost of the system is relative to using drainage rock and a sediment sleeve with the corrugated pipe when you add up the extra time in labor and material cost.

  8. how do you cut it and insert a T joint or elbow? Must you do anything special if you cut through the mesh part?

  9. I know this is an old video, but my point still applies. They don't expound on this point, but if you have clay, this EZ drain system will not work. Clay and other debris will silt up the peanut system and this will fail. They know this, but don't say it. And as far as time saving, I would rather someone take 3 times as long and have a better system. PVC pipe with holes in it, pointed to the ground with gravel on bottom and top, the more gravel the better or if you can't use solid pipe, the corrugated with slits in it with gravel on top and bottom. Some say wrap it with Geotextile fabric, but that depends on your viewpoint. This system is the worse one, especially for clay.

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