Category Archives: Home Trench Drain Projects

Trench drain systems used for residential driveways, pools, patios, yards or sidewalks

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 […]

Do You Have Rust On Your Cast Iron?

RAW - RUST - BoOF Interlaken

Rust and Cast Iron Cast iron grates are ideal for many situations and are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They are durable and have multiple decorative options. Raw cast iron grates do not retain their natural silver color. In fact, they quickly turn orange with rust when exposed to any form […]

Driveway Drainage Problems

Driveway Drainage

Whether you are installing new or retrofitting an older system there are solutions. One of the most common trench drain questions we receive is from homeowners who need help solving driveway drainage problems. Installation If you are going to install a drain in an existing driveway, I recommend putting in a trench drain system. You […]

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 […]

Growing Options of Metal Decorative Grates for NDS Products

Mini Channel Aluminum Tardis Grates and Slim Channel Bronze Slotted Grates

The grate options are expanding for the ever popular Mini Channel and Slim Channel drainage systems manufactured by National Diversified Systems (NDS). These well known and consumer friendly linear drains are manufactured in Fresno, California by NDS and warehoused in locations all over the United States. The Mini Channel is a 3-inch wide system that […]

Stormwater Management for House and Patio

Pool and patio trench drain

Having control of the stormwater drainage around your home is an important step in protecting the integrity of your house foundation, the safety and life of your outdoor living space, and the water quality of your in-ground pool or spa. It’s no fun dealing with wet basements, patio water pooling, garage flooding or heavy sediment […]

ULMA Architectural – ACO’s New Challenger

ULMA compared to ACO

The 600 Pound Gorilla ACO, a German-based company with manufacturing in Arizona, was the first modular trench drain manufacturer in the North American marketplace and initially found a home for their polymer concrete product line in construction markets that dealt with excavating, concrete placement and general contractors. They are the drainage leaders in the civil market; in […]

Keep Your She Shed, Man Cave or Kid Cabin Safe from Water Damage

MAX Mini She Shed Drains

Have you planned for drainage near your shed? Learn how to protect your prized possession.

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 […]