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Z884: A General Purpose Shallow Drainage System

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Z884 Drainage System There is a wide variety of applications that require a trench drain system. Finding a drain system that fits both a commercial and a residential project can be difficult. The Z884 by Zurn is a general-purpose shallow drainage system and is ideal for both. A smooth round base allows this channel system […]

Replacing Broken Trench Drain Grates

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Replacing broken trench drain grates is important. A damaged system causes multiple issues throughout an application. There are several questions to ask and steps that should be taken when considering changing out broken grate covers. Replacing Broken Trench Grates Several reasons cause grates to need replacing, age and improper specification are among the most common. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]