Category Archives: Trench Drain Basics

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

Why Driveway Drainage is Important

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Driveway Drainage Installing a drainage system is an important part of any new or existing infrastructure. Especially when considering driveways. When a driveway slopes toward the foundation or into a low garage, it is a good indicator that future flood mediation will be needed. A floor drain may come to mind as the obvious answer […]

Ductile Iron Grates For POLYCAST® 600/700 Systems

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ductile iron grates Do you need heavy duty grates? Ductile iron grates are versatile and widely used in both commercial and residential applications. Choose from a variety of grates that fit the POLYCAST® 600 and 700 series including heel proof and ADA compliant options for wheelchairs. Ranging from Load Class C to F when paired […]

Pardon My French “Drain”

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Standing water is an continuous issue when it comes to landscapes. Simple hand- dug ditches are one of the earliest forms of water drainage. By creating an outlet that was lower than the current soil level a natural drainage system was created. Developing over the years this process transformed into French drains and then into […]

Common Reasons Why Trench Drains Fail

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Trench drain systems can be a large, but important investment to any property. There are multiple facets to each project that help determine how and what drainage system to use. Fundamental mistakes are often made that cause a new installation of trench drain to fail. This happens when the entire scope of the project isn’t […]

Maintaining Your Drainage System

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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?

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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 […]

Polymer Concrete – Polyester vs. Vinyl Ester

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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

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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

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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 […]