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The Problem

Today’s weather creates a common problem that we are all aware of, heavy rainfall, which all too often overwhelms our sewage systems with high quantities of water from a sudden downpour, or with consistent rainfall over extended amounts of time. This is a problem that most governments know all too well and are seeking a solution to that will help combat it at the source.  

The source of the issue is that as a species we are systematically capping off our outdoor ground surface with materials like concreate, asphalt and paving. What this often means is that water has nowhere to go but straight into our sewage systems rather than into the immediate surrounding sub-soil.     

From an everyday person point of view the current solutions are expensive, time consuming, labour intensive and all too often overkill for what you are trying to correct.  

Simply put trying to correct the issue with the puddle that collects on your patio or driveway with a gully system or large soak-away seems too much to deal with.

So what alternatives are there??


The realty is that there are no other viable solutions………that is until now.

The Solution

The solution for responsibly redirecting rainfall by everyday people needs to be:

  • Cost effective;

  • Easy to install;

  • Not labour intensive; with

  • Little impact on the aesthetic of the ground.


With this in mind “The Drain Company – Stockholm” set about creating a solution that was all these points and environmentally responsible as well, and as with most great ideas the solution ended up being the simplest of all.


We started with what everyday people might do to solve the problem by using what was readily at hand, in this case a section of drainage pipe that goes straight down into the ground with a drain cover on top. Then we looked at what we knew the issues would be with this solution:

  • One size does not fit all;

  • Limited drainage potential;

  • Prone to blockages that decrease the effectiveness;

  • Difficult to clean; and

  • The materials are rarely made with the environment in mind.


With all these points in mind we developed a vertical drainage system that comprises of stackable cones with inbuilt filters and a customised drainage plate. A solution that would not break the bank or your back, with the added advantage of being beneficial to the environment and your sewage system infrastructure.

The Advantages

Our solution whilst deceptively simple comes with a number of advantages, not just to the consumer but also to the environment at large.


1) Low cost:

Compared to all other solutions that are readily available to the general public ours is by far the most cost effective. A typical person will spend on average £220 British pounds (2200 Kr) excluding hired help of a trades person to install an everyday solution, such as a soak-away or gully system. Our system of a stackable drain is over 5 times cheaper than this with the advantage of most people not needing a trades person to install it.


2) Easy to install:

Depending on the outdoor surface that you are installing the Stack Drain in it only requires a spade/trowel, a tape measure, a level and a marker pen, all things that an average DIY enthusiast with own. Beyond this is the only other thing is a small bag of sharp sand to use as a packing agent for the Drain Stack, more details on installation can be found here.


3) Not labour intensive:

After testing the Stack Drain on a number of different outdoor surfaces it was found that a typical installation time took no more than an hour to complete, a lot less if dealing with loose subsoil. The installer is not required to remove large amounts of soil or massively disrupt the ground surface they are installing in, and normally will not need to dig any deeper than half a meter or any wider than the Stack Drain cover plate. This is an outstanding improvement over the current systems that can sometimes take days to install.


4) Greater drainage potential:

Because of the design (stacked cones) it means that rainwater is able to drain away at multiple points down the stack, not just the end of the stack as would be the case with a drainage pipe. Some people might point out that you could put holes along the pipe to help with drainage, and whilst this is true, it does also mean that sediment can wash back into the pipe, which some point you will need to clean out. There is no back wash of soil into the stack due to it’s designs other than what washes in from the top, but this is also reduced by the inbuilt filters of the cone, something else a drain pipe does not have.

Drainage maintenance is a whole lot easier with the Stack Drain.


5) Low impact of the aesthetic:

The added advantage of the stack and how it is installed is; when you install you only remove the surface area that the Stack Drain capping plate requires. In real terms this means is that your garden, driveway, footpath, or where ever you install, will not be unnecessarily disrupted or scared in anyway. All you will see when you finish is the drainage plate and the rain water draining away to where it’s supposed to be.


6) Environmentally responsible:


Stack Drains keep to the following principles when being made:

  • All packaging is made from responsibly sourced or recycled materials;

  • There is no unnecessary packaging used at any stage; and

  • The drainage cones are made from a recycled plastic where possible.


Stack drains benefit the environment because:

  • Stack drains ensure that rainwater gets to where it’s supposed to be and not into already overwhelmed sewage systems;

  • It reduces the impact of drought by allowing rainwater that does fall to nourish the ground; and

  • It uses much less parts and materials than any other viable solution on the market.


Stack Drains is a responsible solution that delivers, purchase yours today.

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