Category Archives: Trench Drain Basics

General information about drainage, design, water flow and trench drain applications.

Replacement Grate Guide: Name That Grate

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 […]

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 […]

Sustaining Flight Through Trench Drain

Tiffin Airport Hangar with Trench Drain

The above-ground airport facilities are easy to appreciate, such as the runways, control towers, terminals, and of course, airplanes. What’s underground tends to go less noticed and under-appreciated. Beneath, inside, and surrounding airport facilities are drainage systems designed to collect, carry and dispense stormwater runoff. Drainage systems collect stormwater runoff from paved surfaces. The drains […]

Trench Drain in Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile

I visited Santiago de Chile in 2017 to attend a conference and to survey the town’s trench drain market. Chile is currently the most economically sound country in South America. The country’s top industries are mining, paper pulp, agriculture, fishing and wine. Much of these products are exported. The population of Chile is approximately 17 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]