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Drainage Installation Advice for Landscapes

I. Multi-Flow in vertical installations

A. Equipment needed:

  • 4-inch chain trencher and/or trenching spade
  • wheelbarrow and/or turf utility vehicle such as a Gator™ or Mule™

B. Materials needed:

  • appropriate size of Multi-Flow pipe
    for collector system
  • appropriate Multi-Flow connectors
  • clean, very coarse, sand


  • utility knife
  • laser level or hand level
  • centering devices (optional)
  • water hose (optional)






  • PVC or ABS pipe for transport system
  • PVC or ABS adaptors if needed
  • PVC tape

Begin trenching at the lowest point. Always check with utilities before digging.

C. Procedure

1. Trenching
Plot a path through your problem area to your discharge point marking the path with paint or flags. The discharge point can be a ditch, the street, a catch basin, another drain line or a declining hillside. Begin trenching at the discharge point and proceed toward the highest point of the problem area. Stop periodically to ensure that you are maintaining proper grade. Remove all excavated material from the site.

2. Laying out your drain
Roll out your drain along side the trench. At the ends, pull back the geotextile filter and snap the connectors in place. They slip on more easily if you pre-stretch them. Push fittings, such as end caps, couplers, side outlets or end outlets, firmly over the pipe to ensure a secure fit. Then pull the fabric over the fitting and hold it in place with wide water-proof tape. This ensures that soil will not enter behind the fabric and block the drain core.

3. Connecting to transport system
Smooth, solid, rigid pipe makes for the most reliable transport system. 3-inch pipe is used with 6-inch Multi-Flow; 4-inch pipe is used with 12 and 18-inch Multi-Flow.

Frequently connection to the transport system will be made with a multi-purpose connector. Most commonly this will be a 0600M, 1200M, or 1800M. These connectors empty from the bottom. A standard PVC or ABS elbow or tee can be slipped over the Multi-Flow connector. Pipe glue will ensure a lasting connection.


Cut Multi-Flow collector lines to the desired length using a utility knife.





A standard PVC elbow can be slipped over the Multi-Flow connector.



In some situations it is best to discharge the water through an end outlet or side outlet. In these cases, cut the plastic membrane covering the opening of the outlet. Cut the hole so that the exit pipe fits snugly and is located at the bottom of the fitting. Insert the exit pipe into the opening and seal the joint using wide waterproof PVC tape.

4. Backfilling
Use clean very coarse sand to fill the trench. Hold Multi-Flow in the center of the trench while backfilling. Bring the sand to the surface or near to it. Jetting the sand-filled trench with water will help to settle the sand in place quickly. The trench can be topped off with topsoil or rock. Never cap the trench with clay or other dense material.


Hold Multi-Flow in the center of the trench while backfilling.

II. Multi-Flow in horizontal installations




Planters are one of several applications easily and effectively drained using a horizontal installation.




A. Equipment needed:

  • spade and/or walk behind loader
  • wheelbarrow and/or turf utility vehicle
  • utility knife
  • laser level or hand level

B. Materials needed:

  • appropriate size of Multi-Flow pipe for collector system
  • appropriate Multi-Flow connectors
  • clean, very coarse, sand
  • PVC or ABS pipe for transport system
  • PVC tape





This multi-purpose outlet is one way to connect to the transport system in a horizontal application. It connects to a 3-inch PVC or ABS elbow.

C. Procedure

1. Trenching
Usually horizontal installations do not require trenching. When used in new constructions settings such as in planters, under playground equipment, in golf greens, or under synthetic turf, Multi-Flow is laid out over the prepared site prior to bringing in fill. Mark a path from the system high point to the discharge point. The discharge point can be a ditch, the street, a catch basin, another drain line or a declining hillside. If trenching is required, use a walk behind loader and begin excavation at the lowest point and proceed toward the highest point. Maintaining grade is especially critical in horizontal installations. Remove excavated material from the site.

2. Laying out your drain
Roll out your Multi-Flow drain. At the ends, pull back the geotextile filter and snap the connectors in place. They slip on more easily if you pre-stretch them. Push fittings, such as end caps or couplers firmly over the pipe to ensure a secure fit. Then pull the fabric over the fitting and hold it in place with wide water-proof tape. This ensures that soil will not enter behind the fabric and block the drain core.





Cover with clean, very coarse sand before bringing in fill.

3. Connecting to the transport system
Smooth, solid, rigid pipe makes for the most reliable transport system. 3-inch pipe is used with 6-inch Multi-Flow; 4-inch pipe is used with 12 and 18-inch Multi-Flow.

Connection to the transport system will usually be made with a multi-purpose outlet (taking in water from one side) or a multi-purpose connector (taking in water from two sides). In the 6- inch line, horizontal double wyes and horizontal crosses also make good outlets. A standard PVC or ABS elbow or tee will slide onto the Multi-Flow connector. Pipe glue will ensure a lasting connection. Side outlets are also occasionally used for this.

4. Backfilling
Use clean very coarse sand to cover the Multi-Flow drain. One to 2 inches of sand should be spread over the drain and sand should extend 3 to 6 inches on each side of the Multi-Flow. Never bring in fill containing clay or other dense material.
See Selecting Backfill Material for more information on this topic.

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