Author Archives: Michael Schroer

Catch Basins and Downspout Drainage

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Nobody likes a wet basement. Are catch basins the cure? The first line of defense to keep your basement dry is keeping water away from your foundation, and the most common source of water damage is storm water from roofs, patios and driveways. A driveway that slopes into a garage can direct storm water toward the house. Trench […]

Polymer Concrete Trench Drain – Residential vs. Commercial

What makes a trench drain suited for residential vs. commercial projects? Manufacturers make both residential drains and commercial-grade trench drains. There are a number of trench drain manufacturers that sell 4 inch wide (100 mm) polymer concrete channels, but we’re comparing two Polycast trench drains by Hubbell. Several differences between the smaller 400 Series and the 600 […]

Trench Drain Installation for the Residential Driveway

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Most homeowners that purchase trench drain are looking to resolve an existing drainage problem. From my observation, driveway drainage problems are the most common, so let’s talk about how to install a trench drain in an existing driveway. The problem can vary from being merely a low spot in the drive that causes the pooling of water […]

Trench Drain in the Amazon Region

If you want to evacuate a large amount of surface water in a short period of time, trench drain is the best way to do it. And, where is one of the best places in the world to find an abundance of surface water? The rain forest in northern Brazil. I went to Brazil’s northern […]

POLYCAST 600 Installation

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Earlier in the year, I witnessed the installation of 40 LF of Polycast 600. Polycast 600 is a pre-sloped polymer concrete product manufactured by Hubbell. It is similar to many commercial grade products out on the market except that it is measured in feet instead of meters. The 600 Series in question used galvanized steel slotted grates and Polyguard […]

Ornamental Grating for Trench Drain

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There have been many people asking about it, and I’ve finally been able to gather some good information about decorative grating for trench drains. Take a look at the trench drain grating I have pictured in various articles in this blog. Only a few stand out as being “pretty” from an aesthetic or architectural point […]

Trench Drain in Brazil

Goodness Gracious! I just returned from a pleasure/business trip to Brazil.  Though the weather was good at times, the majority of my stay was overcast and rainy. I have no complaints on the +80 degree weather in January, however. I was given time to see some torrential rainfalls and a steady use of drainage systems […]

Trench Drain in the Black Hills

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This summer, I had the opportunity to view more trench drain at various National Monuments. This time, I visited the Black Hills and viewed the trench drain marvels of Devil’s Tower and Mount Rushmore. Trench Drain at Mount Rushmore I went to Mount Rushmore 25 years ago on my way to Field Camp (to study […]

Stainless Steel Shower Trench Drain

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Stainless steel shower trench drains are becoming popular among homeowners. This trend is said to be associated with the aging of the Baby Boomers. As the boomers get older, there is a growing need for rim-less showers (or curbless showers) for better wheelchair access. Standard showers have a ceramic edge or plastic flooring at the […]

Memorials & Museums: Trench Drain Grates in D.C

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While my daughter was in town this March, we took a weekend trip to Washington DC to see some sights. While checking out the monuments (and getting a little sentimental), I saw two interesting trench drains. Trench Drain at the Lincoln Memorial Steps These drains must have looked beautiful when they were originally installed at the […]