After 35 years experience as a downspout drainage contractor in Michigan I knew there had to be a better way to discharge water. This is why we designed a new pop up emitter – out of pure necessity. Pop ups are the best choice for downspout drainage because they hold the least amount of water. However the grass quickly grows over the pop up clogging the point of discharge.
Basins on the other hand, don’t have a problem with grass growing over them but they hold too much water. This is extremely problematic in Michigan during the winter season and the basin becomes a block of ice. There had to be a better way.
This is what led to us designing the world’s first and only indestructible pop-up emitter. It can’t be broken. It will not crack. It will not break. And grass will not grow over it.
Developed by Drainage Contractors. Made in Michigan.
What we did is we did not make it in China. We made it here in the USA, locally in Michigan. If you want quality, if you want durability, if you want to build something that’s going to last and stand the test of time, you want to build it here in the United States of America. Yes, you could save money if you build it in China. But what happens then? The durability, the longevity, all of it goes out the window.
I’ve seen things made here in the United States, and then I’ve seen them go overseas, they were made in China and then shipped back to the United States, and they’re cheaper. They know how to save a buck. But they take it out of the product, and then that affects the end user. The consumer, the homeowner, the contractor, whoever’s buying this product. That’s who it affects.
Our pop up is made by the very same people that design and build automobiles. We’re located in Michigan. That’s where French Drain Man headquarters are. Lucky for us, because it’s Automotive Alley, we have engineers, plastic mold injection, die-making. We have it all right here. The convenience of being able to make our pop up locally right in our home state of Michigan and keeping all that work here in the United States of America, not taking any of it to China, and that means we’re always employing United States workers. We’re keeping the money here in our home state.
A Game Changer in Drainage: The Turf Restrictor Plate
This is a very unique pop up emitter because it was designed by drainage contractors. It has a 12 inch turf restrictor plate that is indestructible. It cannot be broken. Trust me, we put it through its paces. It’s overbuilt. In my 35 years as a contractor, there has never been a pop-up for discharging that would hold up to a big, heavy lawnmower. Now we have one.
Now, the lid, we had them make that as big and as open as a four inch PVC pipe. This means that pine cones, leaves, needles, branches, all can come out the pop-up because we have a discharge that lets all that debris out. The reason why you have plugged, clogged pipes is because other pop-ups will not let them daylight.
Another benefit is you can use our turf restrictor plate with a pop-up or you can take the lid off of it. Then any manufacturer with a four inch drain plug will fit right in the center.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of the turf restrictor plate is it keeps the grass from growing over it and the pop-up from disappearing.
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French Drain Man has over three decades as a downspout drainage contractor in Michigan. In addition to buried downspouts we also install french drains, yard drains, sump pump systems and basically anything outdoor drainage.