Considering Stainless Drains for Food Production

Stainless steel seems to be the ideal material for food processing facilities because of its inherent resistance to corrosion, cleaning chemicals, heat and bacteria growth. Plant managers prefer stainless steel grating instead of cast iron and galvanized steel because of the material’s longevity in corrosive environments.  Besides having these benefits, stainless steel has a shiny, …

Trench Drain at Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri

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 …

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 …

Ornamental Grating for Trench Drain

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 …

Memorials & Museums: Trench Drain Grates in D.C

While my daughter was in town this March, we took a weekend trip to Washington DC to see some sights. While checking out the monuments (and getting a little sentimental), I saw two interesting trench drains. Trench Drain at the Lincoln Memorial Steps These drains must have looked beautiful when they were originally installed at the …

Driveway Drainage Problems

One of the most common trench drain questions we receive is from homeowners who need help solving driveway drainage problems. (Q) My driveway slopes down from the road toward the house. Rain water tends to flow into the garage and lower house during heavy down pours. How can I stop my garage from flooding? (A) Installing …

Trench Drain Defined

Trench drains are the unsung heroes of water control. Alternately called troughs, channels or gutters, trench drains really do play a big role in controlling water. They evacuate surface water, contain chemical spills and protect utility lines. With solid covers or grating that sit flush with the adjoining surface, trench drains are commonly made by pouring concrete around a …