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Frequently asked questions for trench drain systems

Maintaining Your Drainage System

Trench Needing cleaned

At some point, you may have to deal with a clogged drainage system at your home or business. One of the best ways to avoid drain system failure and water damage to property as a result, is regular maintenance. Cleaning out your landscape drainage a few times a year will help in more ways than […]

Polymer Concrete – Polyester vs. Vinyl Ester

POLYCAST trench drain

For many applications, selecting the right drainage system material is critical. There are several differences between a standard polymer concrete system and a vinyl ester concrete system. While both are polymer concrete systems, these differences have a direct impact on a project’s durability, lifespan and cost. Polyester – Polymer Concrete Introduced in the late 1950s, […]

Name that Grate! A Replacement Grate Guide

Trench Drain Grates

We are often asked to help customers find replacement grates for their systems. If you find yourself in this situation, below are some ways that you can get the information you need that will help us to identify the grate. Keep in mind, you don’t need to have answers for every category but the more […]

7 Facts About POLYCAST’s FP Series Trench Drain

FP1200 Highway Installation

Seven Facts you didn’t know about POLYCAST’s FP Series Trench Drain The POLYCAST® FP series Trench Drain (Fiberglass POLYCAST®) is a large flow, transportation drainage product developed in 2010 by Hubbell’s POLYCAST® division in Lenoir City TN. At the time of its introduction to the market, it filled a void in the POLYCAST® product line […]

Polymer Concrete Trench Drain – In the Beginning

The first time I learned of ACO and polymer concrete was in 1985 while on a tour of some silica mines in northeast Ohio.  In that part of the country, the Sharon conglomerate crops out of the ground and is mined by a number of industrial mineral firms.  The Best Silica Company, located in Chardon, […]

How to Replace 1 Inch Thick Grates

1 in Thick Bar Grate

Let’s just say it: 1” thick grates aren’t considered heavy duty anymore. Standards change. Architects once specified one inch thick iron grates for loading docks, warehouses and industrial areas. Typically, contractors installed them in an angle iron frame using the old wooden box form method. Why can’t I replace my 1” iron grates? Increased traffic […]

4 Tips to Help Pick a Polymer Concrete Brewery Drain

brewery floor grates, brewery floor drain grates, Pro Plus 100 drain grates, cast iron brewery drains

Polymer concrete drains are a viable option for breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, but they can be tricky to understand. As with stainless steel trench drain installations, there are grating and catch basin considerations when planning a drain. But with polymer concrete channels, process temperature and chemical resistance of the process becomes more of a […]

Why Driveway Drainage is Important

driveway drains

Do you have pooling water after a storm or maybe you can’t get your mail in the winter because your driveway has become a skating rink? It doesn’t matter if your driveway is big, small or how it is shaped because they all share the need for proper drainage. What may cause some of these water […]

3 Common Reasons Why Trench Drains Fail

broken drains

A trench drain can be an expensive item to install. First, it requires an investment of time and energy to solve a drainage problem. Then there is the cost of the drain materials including the channel, top grating and shipping cost. The project will also require installation time and expense, as well as concrete and […]

Planning Drainage When You Don’t Have A Plan: A Case Study for Breweries

Brewery Drainage

Overview: One of the most important components of planning a new brewery or expanding an existing facility is the drainage system. Acidic chemicals, high-temperature fluids, and sanitizers make it necessary to have a high-quality system made of stainless steel or vinyl ester concrete. Breweries discard large volumes of fluids. Some larger breweries see drainage of […]