Tag Archives: drainage solutions

Q&A: Replacing Broken Trench Drain Grates

measuring trench drain grate for replacement

For the past several years there have been more requests for replacement grates by homeowners and contractors than is typical. I’ve watched this trend with growing interest, trying to pinpoint the reasons behind it, and have come up with a couple theories. With the downturn in the economy, people have been stealing cast iron grates […]

Horse Barn Drain Installation – Econodrain #4

This is a story about a trench drain installation in a horse barn. In this case, a drain was previously installed and deemed inadequate for many reasons.  The owners decided to replace the old drain with a product called Econodrain #4.  Econodrain is what I call a former trench drain system; it utilizes a disposable […]

Trench Drain at Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri

stadium drains

I got an insider’s look at stadium drains by going to a football game. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, uses a wider breadth of trench drain systems than its sister stadium, Kaufman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals. Heel-proof Trench Drains Arrowhead Stadium has recently gone through a remodeling, adding a new press […]

Fiberglass Grating Options for Polycast Trench Drain

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Fiberglass is a popular grating option for trench drain. As the price of stainless steel increases, fiberglass is filling the material gap because of its resistance to corrosion, its high strength, and its easy fabrication.  Also, more people are turning to fiberglass as a alternative grating because it has little secondary scrap value and is less […]

Trench Drain at Walden Pond

It was a Sunday afternoon in October, 2009.  The sky was vibrant, the wind gentle after a chilly morning, and the sound of lapping waves was soft in my ears.  Autumn showed in the emerging rainbow of trees surrounding Walden Pond. The pond could hardly be considered a pond by its size, a hearty 61 […]

Decorative Cast Iron Grating Options for the Meadrain EN2000 Polymer Channel

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The MEA EN2000 is used in applications where heavy wheel loads will be frequent and where occasional large volumes of run-off water can occur. Food processing plants, maintenance facilities and fire stations are a few of the locations where a slotted ductile iron grate is commonly used as a trench cover in these conditions. MEA’s polymer […]

Large Residential Catch Basin Options

If you discuss catch basins with an excavating contractor, they immediately think about large pre-cast concrete storm water drainage structures that are part of municipal, state or federal drainage systems. These basins commonly have an interior dimension of 2’ x 4’ or larger and are made of 8” thick reinforced concrete. A landscape contractor’s perspective […]

Residential Downspout Catch Basin Installation

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It is common for homeowners to put their downspout water into a pipe that then travels out to the street or a back yard location. This often leads to clogged drainage pipes. Over time, leaves, sticks and sand particulate from roofing shingles will build up in the pipe to gradually reduce drainage efficiency. A catch basin helps to reduce this problem in two ways…

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 […]