Tag Archives: Trench Drain Systems

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.

Universal Ductile Iron Trench Drain Grate (TDS 461D)

Previous articles I’ve written have discussed the evolution of the polymer concrete trench drain channel and how it came to the U.S. Market. The big takeaway is that the rise of modular trench drain started in Europe and migrated to the United States, bringing with them metric dimensional standards (channel length and width) which rendered each […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why are my grates orange? – FAQ’s on Rust

Cast Iron Sun Grate

You received your raw cast iron grate with its silver hue and flawless appearance only to walk outside two weeks later to find a grate with orange spots of rust starting to form. The first thought you have is to return the grate because they must be defective an you didn’t sign up for this […]

Maintaining Your Drainage System

At some point, you may have to deal with a clogged drainage system at your home. The best way to avoid issues is to give your system a thorough cleaning a couple times a year. Here are some tips on getting your system in shape. Catch Basin Drainage Catch basins come in several sizes 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 […]

Let’s Raise a Glass for Polycast!

Ill Mannered Brewery

Tom Ayers and three of his buddies were all home craft brewers. They would meet to discuss the finer things in life – with beer mugs in hand, of course. Sharing a strong love for crafting, one of these friends, Brian, approached Ayers about starting a brewery. During a planning stage that lasted one year, […]

Black Isle Brewery – Scottish Culinary Trend Setter

black isle brewery, organic brewery, highlands craft beer, black isle, inverness attractions

Scotland – Home of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Nessie!  Land of castles, lochs, peat bogs and spectacular ocean views.  Mecca for the drinkers of Scotch whisky, and now, for the connoisseurs of organic pizza and craft beer. Black Isle Brewery had a unique vision of a brewery business back in 1998.  Long […]