Open Seam Or Shielded Outlet Patents (Class 405/48)
  • Patent number: 11028569
    Abstract: Stormwater management systems, methods, and apparatuses for containing and filtering runoff may be provided. In one implementation, a stormwater management system may include a stormwater chamber configured for placement underground; a flared end ramp at the inlet of the stormwater chamber that is configured to receive runoff containing sediment and to distribute the sediment across a width of the stormwater chamber; and a filtration fabric situated beneath the stormwater chamber, the filtration fabric being configured to capture sediment from the runoff in the stormwater chamber while the runoff flows out of the stormwater chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ADVANCED DRAINAGE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Spires, Brian Rustia, Evan Geno, Michael Kuehn, George Ives, III
  • Patent number: 10681875
    Abstract: A gutter assembly is provided that is configured to collect water passing through a plurality of vertical hydroponic towers, the assembly minimizing leakage while simplifying gutter maintenance. The gutter assembly includes a gutter pipe from which an upper portion has been removed to form a pair of mounting ledges. The gutter assembly also includes a gutter cap that is attached to the gutter pipe via the mounting ledges using a snap fit system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MJNN, LLC
    Inventors: Brice Klein, Alex Ibrahim, Teryl Chapel
  • Patent number: 10172298
    Abstract: Disclosed is a garden planting guide/irrigation system. It serves as simple planting guide assembled in a grid formation creating individual squares to allow planting of one or several plants per square, while surrounding and irrigating plants at their base. This pre-assembled, ready-to-use system connects to an existing pressurized fluid source, and then irrigates by delivering fluid to various points throughout the grid patterned tubing which have a plurality of fluid distribution openings spaced in pre-defined intervals surrounding each planting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Russell Traficante, Theresa Ann Traficante
  • Publication number: 20150098763
    Abstract: Systems and methods for drainage management, including a pipe that is cut along a longitudinal section thereof; and a pipe block having a curved section corresponding to a diameter of the cut pipe and including supporting legs. The curved section of the pipe block is configured to support the cut pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Robert H. Koerner
  • Patent number: 8858119
    Abstract: A liquid run-off disposal system (10) comprising an elongate tank structure (22) having one or more sections adapted to be arranged end to end in a substantially horizontal orientation below ground. The tank structure (22) also includes a plurality of apertures (14) provided in the side walls thereof wherein, in use, when liquid run-off is piped into the tank structure (22) it can drain away by soaking into the surrounding soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Michael John Wynne
  • Patent number: 8562250
    Abstract: A method and pumping/drainage channel member for injecting surface water into the soil beneath a ground area includes drilling a series of holes and inserting an elongated pumping/drainage members into each hole extending downwardly into the soil. The pumping/drainage channel members comprise a cluster of integrally joined channel features each formed with a lengthwise extending slot opening. Surface water flows to the pumping/drainage member, enters the channels and drains down the pumping/drainage members to enhance water movement down into the soil to reduce runoff and help to recharge acquifers. Longer members may be installed between shorter members in a pattern to achieve more rapid injection of water deep into the subsoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Niemczyk
  • Patent number: 8479815
    Abstract: A system for supplying water to a desalination plant from a subsurface feedwater supply using one or more slant or horizontally directionally drilled (“HDD”) wells, and for concentrate disposal (e.g., injection of brine). A method for constructing a slant or HDD well feedwater supply system for supplying water from a subsurface feedwater supply or to inject concentrate into a subsea aquifer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis E. Williams
  • Publication number: 20130142573
    Abstract: A drainage channel includes a body configured to receive runoff from an adjacent surface; and a resilient edge secured to the drainage channel body. The resilient edge includes an opening extending longitudinally therethrough such that a wall of the resilient edge is capable of deforming inwardly towards the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: ACO POLYMER PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: ACO Polymer Products, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20120321389
    Abstract: A water drainage system for collecting and directing water in an outdoor installation such as an artificial turf athletic field having a plurality of elongated fluid flow, edge drain conduits having an interior fluid opening therethrough and formed with a generally rectangular cross section so as to be mounted in a vertical position at the end of the artificial turf. Various drain openings, outlets and water collection apparatus are disclosed for use in the drainage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: John E. Kreikemeier, Brett Travis Long
  • Patent number: 8192109
    Abstract: A subsurface irrigation system includes an athletic field or the like with a length and width equal to the length and width of the official rules for a sporting event or covering an entire agricultural field and with an excavation depth of about 25 to 50 centimeters. The system also includes a generally impervious plastic sheet or the like that covers the excavation and extends upwardly above the sides thereof. A source of water is disposed outside of the field and a plurality of distribution pipes and water distributors are disposed in the excavated area and extend substantially over the length and width of the excavation. In addition, a main channel connects the distribution pipe to the source of water and a plurality of water distributors are operatively connected to the distribution pipes for receiving water therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Abdulreidha Abdulrasoul AlSaffar
  • Patent number: 8056629
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for supplying water to a desalination plant from a subsurface feedwater supply using one or more slant wells. A method is disclosed for constructing a slant well feedwater supply system for supplying water from a subsurface feedwater supply. A system of angled wells (slant wells) is constructed. The slant wells obtain a desalination feedwater supply from permeable aquifer systems near and/or beneath a saline water source (i.e., an ocean, sea, or salty inland lake). The slant wells induce recharge of the aquifer system through the floor of the ocean, sea, or inland lake due to the hydraulic head difference between the slant well pumping level and the level of the ocean, sea, or lake. As the supply source is relatively constant, the water supply to such a slant well system generally provides a long-term, sustainable water source for a desalination plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis E. Williams
  • Publication number: 20110236133
    Abstract: The grilled cover piece (1, 1?) for drainage channels (C), comprises a substantially horizontal wall (201) covering the channel (C) and provided with a longitudinal hollow ridge which extends upwards (301, 301?) and which with its top wall is provided with eyelets or holes (401, 2). The said cover piece emerges flush with or just below the level of the surface (SS, SS?) from which the water to be drained must be removed, said water flowing down by means of gravity into the underlying channel and being channelled and conveyed away by the latter, and being provided, transversely at one end, with at least one female profile (5, 5?) and, on its other end, with at least one male profile (105, 105?) complementing the female profile (5, 5?) at the other end, so that it is possible to connect and fix together several cover pieces (1, 1?) arranged in succession so as to cover the channel (C) along its entire length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: EUR.EX S.r.l.
    Inventor: Emiliano SANTI
  • Publication number: 20110182667
    Abstract: A subsurface irrigation system includes an athletic field or the like with a length and width equal to the length and width of the official rules for a sporting event or covering an entire agricultural field and with an excavation depth of about 25 to 50 centimeters. The system also includes a generally impervious plastic sheet or the like that covers the excavation and extends upwardly above the sides thereof. A source of water is disposed outside of the field and a plurality of distribution pipes and water distributors are disposed in the excavated area and extend substantially over the length and width of the excavation. In addition, a main channel connects the distribution pipe to the source of water and a plurality of water distributors are operatively connected to the distribution pipes for receiving water therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Abdulreidha Abdulrasoul AlSaffar
  • Patent number: 7458749
    Abstract: A wastewater effluents orifice shield. The shield has a roof section with a wall section. The wall section is configured to straddle and attached to a wastewater or effluents dispersion line. The dispersion line is configured with a plurality of discharge port's. The discharge port's jettison the effluents. The orifice shield diverts the effluents jettisoned from the dispersion line into a soil bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: Allan Dickie
  • Patent number: 7451784
    Abstract: A pipe having an axially extending bore is defined by a corrugated outer wall having alternating, axially-adjacent, annular crests and valleys. The wall of the pipe has a hole disposed in a valley which provides fluid communication between the bore and the outside. The pipe also has a cover which extends between and is attached to axially adjacent crests. The cover is disposed over the hole to prevent material in which the pipe may be disposed from obstructing the hole and permitting fluid flow through the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James B. Goddard
  • Publication number: 20080124177
    Abstract: Arch shape cross-section leaching and stormwater chambers are connected together so that swiveled angling is obtained at the joint. Angling is accomplished by means of an integral or detachable dome end comprising a conical section. A like chamber with an ordinary end mates by overlapping the dome. Or a like chamber may have an opposing and overlapping end, which also comprises a dome. A coupling for connecting two ordinary end chambers is comprised of two spaced apart conical domes spaced apart by a connector. The connector between the domes is optionally straight or angled. The couplings enable chambers to be connected at diverse angles to each other, as well as to be connected parallel with offset, i.e., with zigzag path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventors: James J. Burnes, Ronald Brochu, Bryan A. Coppes, Donald Crescenzi, Michael J. Ambrosino
  • Patent number: 7246472
    Abstract: A floor drain (100) comprising a bottom part (4) having at least one discharge opening (5), a front part being integral with the bottom part (4) and having a first part (3b) being inclined to said bottom part at an angle being at least 30°, such as at least 45°, preferably at least 60° more preferably at least 75° and even more preferably about 90° or at least 90° and having a flange part (3a) being horizontal or inclined to horizontal at an angle being less than 20° such as less than 17°, preferably less than 15°, such as less than 10°, more preferably less than 5°, tow side walls (2) integral with said bottom part and said first part, and a back part (1) being integral with said bottom part (4), said back part (1) extending vertically from the bottom part (4), through and above the plane defined by the flange part (3a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Unidrain A/S
    Inventor: Claus Dyre Nielsen
  • Patent number: 7160059
    Abstract: An adjustable coupler is disclosed for interconnecting leaching chambers to create a serpentine pathway for a leaching field. A coupler can connect a first leaching chamber and a second leaching chamber. The coupler can comprise a mating feature and an adjustment feature. The mating feature can be used to mate the coupler between the first leaching chamber and the second leaching chamber. The mating feature can include a swivel connector matable to an end of one of the chambers. The adjustment feature can adjust the angle between the first chamber and the second chamber between a range of angles. The adjustment feature can include a swivel connector. The range of angles can be particularly chosen to be about 45°. More particularly, the range of angles can be about 22.5° in either the clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: PSA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen K. Hedstrom, Terrance H. Gray, William V. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 7052207
    Abstract: An erosion control basin is a molded open topped receptacle that has support flanges that will support the basin on the interior of a storm drain grate frame. A filter is formed around an upright perforated drain pipe that is on the interior of the basin and which opens to an outlet. The basin catches debris and silt but permits water to drain out. The top of the drainpipe is left open for overflow purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Brian J. Wimberger
  • Patent number: 7008137
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cover (1) for a drainage channel (2) to be installed in the ground to drain the surface of an area. The cover (1) comprises a substantially planar portion (3) which is constructed so as to cover an opening at the top of the drainage channel (2) and which comprises a projection (5) that extends upward from the planar portion (3). The projection (5) defines an inlet (7) through which the water that runs off from the surface to be drained can enter the drainage channel. In addition, the planar portion (3) defines comprises supplementary apertures (9) to receive water that has percolated down to its lower level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Michael Muller
  • Patent number: 6749367
    Abstract: An orifice shield for a wastewater drainage conduit is an injection molded unitary body which is cylindrically-shaped with a first open end and an opposed second open end. The body is provided with a top wall and rounded sidewalls extending from the top wall. At least one flow through slot is provided in the top wall of the body to allow the flow of effluent therethrough. The rounded sidewalls terminate in spaced edges which extend along the length of the unitary body for receiving and gripping a conduit. Longitudinally extending spacers are provided along an interior surface of the unitary body for spacing the top wall of the orifice shield from the drainage conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Theophilus B. Terry, III
  • Patent number: 6739800
    Abstract: A cleaning device for use with a gutter system includes at least a first body portion connected to the top of the gutter pipe. The cleaning device includes a downspout, connected to the gutter, with a flexible segment. The flexible segment can be extended or compressed to allow removal or insertion into a storm drainage pipe. The downspout may pivot at the flexible segment to divert water away from the structure while the cleaning device is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph Bevilacqua
  • Publication number: 20040042855
    Abstract: A leaching chamber is configured to be coupled in series to another such leaching chamber located forward of the chamber and to yet another such leaching chamber located rearward of said leaching chamber. The leaching chamber comprises a conduit extending about an axis to define an axially extending cavity. The conduit includes an axially front section having an overlying wall and a rear section having an underlying wall. The overlying wall is configured to overlie the underlying wall of the forward chamber when the chambers are coupled together. The underlying wall is configured to underlie an overlying wall of the rearward chamber when said chambers are coupled together. A projection extends from the front section of the conduit. A pocket is located at the rear section of the conduit. The projection is configured to be received by the pocket of the front chamber, and the pocket is configured to receive the projection of the rear chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Arnold G. Benecke
  • Patent number: 6691472
    Abstract: A foundation protector for a foundation wall prevents moisture being retained in the foundation wall and also provides drainage for surface water so that water does not rest against the surface of the foundation wall. The foundation protector has a smooth exterior surface so that it remains attached to the foundation if earth subsidence occurs. The foundation protector includes a waterproof dimpled sheet with spaced-apart protrusions and an outer waterproof membrane which covers recesses formed by the protrusions and provides a substantially smooth exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Theodore G. Hubert
  • Publication number: 20040013469
    Abstract: An adjustable coupler is disclosed for interconnecting leaching chambers to create a serpentine pathway for a leaching field. A coupler can connect a first leaching chamber and a second leaching chamber. The coupler can comprise a mating feature and an adjustment feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Applicant: PSA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen K. Hedstrom, Terrance H. Gray, William V. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 6666621
    Abstract: A trench cover for temporarily covering a trench and a rail member used in constructing the trench cover. The cover includes a pair of longitudinally extending rails, the rails being spaced apart and substantially parallel to each other. Each rail includes a web extending between an upper flange and a lower lip. The flange, web and lip form a C-shaped channel. The C-shaped channels of the cover's pair of rails face each other. A substantially flat cover member having longitudinally extending side edges is positioned within the C-shaped channels of the rails and attached to the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: James A. Rutledge
  • Patent number: 6663317
    Abstract: A drainage channel includes a conduit defining a lengthwise extending opening and an inlet defining a passageway in fluid communication with the opening. The inlet may have an exterior surface that defines a plurality of pockets spaced apart in the lengthwise direction. Concrete or another hardenable composition may fill these pockets to secure the inlet in position. The drainage channel may also include at least one saddle for supporting the conduit and an engagement member for preventing relative rotation between the conduit and the saddle. The saddle may extend about a majority of the conduit. In this regard, the saddle may include a base and a pair of upstanding arms extending outwardly therefrom. The arms are disposed on opposite sides of the conduit and converge thereabout so as to engage the conduit and prevent the conduit from floating as concrete or another hardenable composition is poured thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: ABT, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Clifton Williams, Timothy Harold Wallace
  • Patent number: 6612777
    Abstract: A chamber of elongated arch-shaped configuration for receiving and dispersing stormwater underground is provided with side portals which receive horizontally disposed infeed conduits that deliver stormwater to the chamber. The positioning and function of the side portals, in conjunction with other design features of the chamber, cause suspended matter in the stormwater to accumulate at the exit end of the chamber, thereby facilitating clean-out of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Robert M. Maestro
  • Patent number: 6609852
    Abstract: An erosion control basin is a molded open topped receptacle that has support flanges that will support the basin on the interior of a storm drain grate frame. A filter is formed around an upright perforated drain pipe that is on the interior of the basin and which opens to an outlet. The basin catches debris and silt but permits water to drain out. The top of the drainpipe is left open for overflow purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Inventor: Brian J. Wimberger
  • Patent number: 6602023
    Abstract: The leaching chamber endplate including snap connectors, pipe stops, pipe scores, drill guide(s), and a barrier that facilitates enhanced engagement between the endplate and leaching chamber. This endplate is preferably formed using a blow molding process that forms, in situ, the endplate, including the snap connectors and the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Infiltrator Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald C. Crescenzi, James J. Burns, Daniel J. Swistak
  • Patent number: 6592293
    Abstract: An adjustable coupler interconnects leaching chambers to create a serpentine pathway for a leaching field. The coupler can comprise a mating feature, which can be used to mate the coupler between a first leaching chamber and a second leaching chamber, and an adjustment feature, which can adjust the angle between the first chamber and the second chamber between a range of angles. Either, or both, features can include a swivel connector mateable to an end of one of the chambers. The range of angles can be particularly chosen to be about 45°. More particularly, the range of angles can be about 22.5° in either the clockwise or counter-clockwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: PSA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen K. Hedstrom, Terrance H. Gray, William V. Shaffer
  • Publication number: 20030091392
    Abstract: A cleaning device for use with a gutter system is disclosed. The cleaning device includes at least a first body portion connected to the top of the gutter pipe. The cleaning device includes a downspout, connected to the gutter, with a flexible segment. The flexible segment can be extended or compressed to allow removal or insertion into a storm drainage pipe. The downspout may pivot at the flexible segment to divert water away from the structure while the cleaning means is in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph Bevilacqua
  • Patent number: 6467995
    Abstract: A drainage pipe for use in a waterproofing system includes a plurality of openings. The drainage pipe includes a cleaning tube affixed to an interior surface of the drainage pipe. The tube has a plurality of spaced holes which allow fluid such as air or water to be forced out of the tube and clean debris from the drainage pipe. A garden hose, air hose or other fluid source can be attached to the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventors: Joseph Bevilacqua, Heather Marie Barnes
  • Patent number: 6361248
    Abstract: An elongated plastic chamber utilized for disposal of stormwater has a corrugated wall structure having successive peaks and valleys. The peaks and valleys are connected by upstream and downstream web panels. A series of apertures is disposed in the upstream web panels. The associated facing downstream web panel is smoothly integrated with the corresponding valley to form a curved surface which is concave with respect to the associated peak and serves to deflect outwardly from the chamber water emergent from the apertures. The effect of the interaction of the apertures with the curved surface is to minimize deposition of sediment within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Robert M. Maestro
  • Patent number: 6167914
    Abstract: An orifice protector for use in subterranean fluid dispensing systems defined by at least one conduit for disposing of wastewater. The orifice protector includes a body in the form of partial cylinder having two ends. The partial cylinder is formed a wall of substantially constant thickness having a C-shaped cross section having an outer and an inner surface. A central portion of the wall includes a plurality of openings such as slits extending between the outer and inner surfaces to allow the outward flow of wastewater from orifices existing in the conduit. The slits are situated about parallel to the ends and extending through about a 90° arc length. The wall also has two longitudinal, linear, parallel edges of equal length separated by a slot adapted to receive the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Gary L. Koteskey
  • Patent number: 6129482
    Abstract: A first molded polymer field drain panel is made from a moldable polymer sheet material and has an elongated chamber with an arched-shape, a first end, a second end and transverse strengthening ribs protruding outwardly therebetween. The elongated chamber has a smaller transverse strengthening end rib, a transverse strengthening end rib and a smaller transverse strengthening intermediate rib. The smaller transverse strengthening end rib is molded at the first end shaped for being embracingly overlapped by a corresponding transverse strengthening end rib of a corresponding elongated chamber of a second molded polymer field drain panel. The transverse strengthening end rib is molded at the second end for overlapping a corresponding smaller transverse strengthening end rib of the corresponding elongated chamber of the second molded polymer field drain panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Robert J. Ditullio
  • Patent number: 5839844
    Abstract: The endplate of an arch shape cross section leaching chamber for dispersing liquid in soil has an inlet duct which enables the pipe delivering liquid to the chamber to be at higher elevation than the top of the chamber. Liquid flowing from the duct is guided downwardly by a channel and onto an integral baseplate extending into the chamber, to lessen any erosion of the soil within the open bottom of the chamber. Preferably, the endplate has double walls which, with sidewalls, form the channel. And, a slot opening near the bottom of the inner wall discharges the liquid into the chamber interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Infiltrator Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Nichols, Bryan A. Coppes
  • Patent number: 5669733
    Abstract: A leaching system (10) includes arched leaching chamber sections (12) and an angled adapter (18) connected adjacent chamber sections at a 22.5.degree. angle. The adapter includes a first portion (122) having sidewalls (140, 142) spanned by a vaulted portion (144) and a female end collar (126). A second end portion (124) has sidewalls (140, 142) spanned by a vaulted portion (144) and a male end collar (130). The first and second end portions are connected at an arched, vertical ridge (136). The adapter connects the leaching chamber sections in a nonlinear configuration to curve the leaching system to follow contours and avoid obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Hancor, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Daly, Douglas O. Hamilton, H. John Sidaway
  • Patent number: 5588778
    Abstract: A leaching chamber for gathering and dispersing liquids in soil has an end with an angled terminus, so that chambers may be connected as a string in a rough curve. An angled chamber end is severable from the chamber at an indicant, to convert the chamber to one having a different angled end, e.g., a square end. Intentional looseness of fit at the joint enables further angular adjustment. Thus, a combination of chambers with original and severed ends, having a basic 6 degree end angle and 3 degree of looseness, can form a chamber string where the alignment angles between adjacent chamber axes range from minus 3 to plus 9 degrees. Such leaching chamber strings may be installed in practically level trenches which follow the contour of a hillside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Infiltrator Systems Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Nichols, Bryan A. Coppes
  • Patent number: 5556231
    Abstract: A leaching chamber (10) includes first and second side walls (46) which have louver sections. The side walls are connected by vaulted portion (48) to define a chamber potion (12) terminating at a first end (16) and a second end (18). Male and female coupling collars (20, 30) are integrally connected with corrugation peaks at the first and second ends. An intermediate peak or structure (70) has a first portion (72) with a profile of the male coupling collar and a second portion (74) with a profile of the female coupling collar upon cutting between the two portions, two subchambers (12', 12") are formed each having a female coupling collar at one end and a male coupling collar at the other. An inlet end cap (14) is telescopically connected to the female coupling collar (30). The inlet end cap (14) has a sleeve (102) to receive a conduit carrying effluent and a diffuser (104) to diffuse the received effluent. The diffuser includes a sloping surface with diverging ribs (106).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Hancor, Inc.
    Inventors: H. John Sidaway, Douglas O. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 5401116
    Abstract: A conduit for dispersing or gathering liquids in the earth has an arch shape cross section and alternating peak and valley corrugations along its length, with cantilever legs extending from one end to interact with the mating portion of a like conduit. The legs, along with a shiplap joint having flange discontinuities for manufacturability, provide a superior rigid joint when the conduits are mated and buried beneath the earth and subjected to vertical loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Infiltrator Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Nichols
  • Patent number: 5360556
    Abstract: An on-site wastewater treatment system distributes septic tank effluent over a particulate media filter bed through a distribution manifold at a sufficient volumetric flow rate relative to the cross-sectional area of the distribution conduits to inhibit undesirable biological growth in the conduits and in the filter by creating a scouring effect in the conduits. This effect prevents clogging of the conduits and maximizes the even distribution of effluent in the filter. A mesh fabric intercepts the downward flow of the effluent in the filter to further aid in the even distribution of effluent in the filter. Orifice shields also aid in such distribution by preventing clogging of orifices embedded in the filter media. A high pressure switch in the distribution manifold and a high water alarm in the filter pump basin indicate when required maintenance is necessary, and the switch controlling the high water alarm temporarily disables the septic tank pump as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Orenco Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold L. Ball, Terry R. Bounds, Eric S. Ball, Jeffrey L. Ball
  • Patent number: 5340234
    Abstract: A trench drain system for factory floors and the like having inherently-shaped partially-circumferenced homogeneous polymeric pipe members fused together to form a continuous integral pipe channel with a top opening having two edges, and support/anchor members secured along each of the edges to support the grate members and anchor the pipe members with respect to the floor. The system has integrity in form and is easily installed and adapted. A method for installing a trench drain system including fusing together inherently-shaped partially-circumferenced pipe members having two edges defining a top opening of desired width to form a continuous integral pipe channel, laying such pipe members in a trench in end-to-end fashion with said top openings up, and anchoring the pipe channel in the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventors: Anthony P. Rossi, Daniel W. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 5156488
    Abstract: A conduit for dispersing or gathering liquids in the earth has an arch shape cross section and alternating peak and valley corrugations along its length. At one end of the conduit is a sub-arch for receiving a pipe. In one embodiment there is a discontinuous valley by the sub-arch and a continuous web on the peak corrugation near the sub-arch in combination with cantilevered legs. In another embodiment the web is discontinuous while the valley is continuous in the region of the sub-arch. Both essential constructions provide a strong joint when conduits are mated to each other and are buried in the earth and subjected to a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Infiltrator Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Nichols
  • Patent number: 5135334
    Abstract: A method of providing an efficient underground irrigation means is introduced to deliver the irrigation liquid from a supply or supplies through an underground irrigation means to the areas to be irrigated without sending the irrigation liquid above the ground. This underground irrigation means comprises a control means and an irrigation liquid distribution means. The control means is used to control the speed, timing, or pressure of the irrigation liguid flow to accomplish the optimal irrigation results. The irrigation liquid distribution means transfer the irrigation liquid from supplies through the control means to irrigation liquid conducting means and, then, from the irrigation liquid conducting means to the diffusion irrigation means. The diffusion irrigation means, being appropriately laid out in the area to be irrigated, disperses the irrigation liquid over the areas to be irrigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventors: Haw-Renn Chen, Feichu H. Chen
  • Patent number: 5129758
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for distributing greywater to a soil bed without significant erosion of the soil bed. An interior tube defining at least one aperture is disposed within an exterior tube. The interior tube and the exterior tube are immersed in a soil bed for aerobic decomposition of greywater discharged from the greywater distribution apparatus into the soil bed. The apertures of the interior tube are sealed from the soil bed when greywater is not being discharged into the soil bed. Directing greywater into the interior tube at a sufficient pressure causes greywater within the interior tube to be directed through the apertures. The exterior tube baffles the flow of greywater through the apertures, thereby diminishing the velocity of the greywater. The greywater then passes between the interior tube and the exterior tube and is discharged from the exterior tube through a slot which extends along a substantial portion of the exterior tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Clivus Multrum, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl R. Lindstrom
  • Patent number: 5102259
    Abstract: A sub-surface irrigation system includes a conduit connected to a water supply. A plurality of fluid dispenser units are connected to a conduit or conduits. Each of the fluid dispenser units includes a connector interconnected at one end to the interior of the conduit. The other end of the connector is coupled to a drip emitter positioned in an elongated casing. The elongated casing has an enlarged opening at one end and a reduced opening formed at the other end. Tubing interconnects the other end of the connector to the casing. The drip emitter is positioned in the tubing adjacent the casing reduced opening end. In a different invention, the casing extends up to the surface of the ground, so that inspection may be made relative to the operativeness of the drip emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventors: Richard D. York, Dianne F. York
  • Patent number: 5024555
    Abstract: A sub-surface irrigation system includes a conduit connected to a water supply. A plurality of fluid dispenser units are connected to the conduits. Each of the fluid dispenser units include a connector interconnected at one end to the interior of the conduit. The other end of the connector is coupled to a drip emitter positioned at one end of an elongated casing. The elongated casing has an enlarged opening at one end and a reduced opening formed at the other end. Tubing interconnects the other end of the connector to the casing. The drip emitter is positioned in the tubing adjacent the casing reduced opening end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Inventor: Richard D. York
  • Patent number: 5017041
    Abstract: A conduit for dispersing or gathering liquids in the earth has an arch shape cross section and alternating peak and valley corrugations along its length. A more rigid shiplap joint is formed between mating conduits by means of cantilever legs extending from the end of a conduit, forming a female pocket like space for the mating unit, and by having a continuous web on the peak corrugation adjacent the end. A sub-arch at the top of an overlapped valley end, to enable connection of a pipe to the conduit, is spaced apart from the web of the adjacent peak corrugation; there are multiple legs on either side of the sub-arch, with the sub-arch connected by webs to the adjacent legs, and by other webs to the peak corrugation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: Infiltrator Systems Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Nichols
  • Patent number: 4923330
    Abstract: A storm water injection well incorporating a precast settling chamber having an overflow pipe extending upwardly into the chamber. The top of the overflow pipe is covered with a debris screen which in turn is covered by a debris shield. The shield is supported above the open end of the pipe and extends downwardly over the pipe end displaced radially from the surface of the pipe to form an annular passageway between the shield and the pipe to permit storm water to flow upwardly in the passageway into the pipe. An anti-siphon vent is provided in the debris shield. The precast settling chamber includes a plurality of weep holes sloped upwardly from the inside to the outside of the chamber. A drainage pipe is connected to the overflow pipe and delivers water from in the pipe to backfill in a ground hole through an injection screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Inventor: Stephen C. DeTommaso