Author Archives: Michael Schroer

Residential Downspout Catch Basin Installation

residential drainage projects, home improvement projects, plastic catch basin, plastic grates

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…

Dura Slope Trench Drain and Decorative Grating

If you want off-the-shelf channel drains with decorative grates, you have a few choices. Dura Slope™ is one of them. Decorative grating is the newest trend in residential and commercial trench drain design. Conventional slotted cast iron grates are giving way to decorative trench grating in high profile applications as homeowners, commercial architects and city […]

Catch Basins and Downspout Drainage

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Nobody likes a wet basement. Are catch basins the cure? The first line of defense to keep your basement dry is keeping water away from your foundation, and the most common source of water damage is storm water from roofs, patios and driveways. A driveway that slopes into a garage can direct storm water toward the house. Trench […]

Polymer Concrete Trench Drain – Residential vs. Commercial

What makes a trench drain suited for residential vs. commercial projects? Manufacturers make both residential drains and commercial-grade trench drains. There are a number of trench drain manufacturers that sell 4 inch wide (100 mm) polymer concrete channels, but we’re comparing two Polycast trench drains by Hubbell. Several differences between the smaller 400 Series and the 600 […]

Trench Drain Installation for the Residential Driveway

Installing polycast drain, polycast 600 driveway drain, driveway drain install

Most homeowners that purchase trench drain are looking to resolve an existing drainage problem. From my observation, driveway drainage problems are the most common, so let’s talk about how to install a trench drain in an existing driveway. The problem can vary from being merely a low spot in the drive that causes the pooling of water […]

Trench Drain in the Amazon Region

If you want to evacuate a large amount of surface water in a short period of time, trench drain is the best way to do it. And, where is one of the best places in the world to find an abundance of surface water? The rain forest in northern Brazil. I went to Brazil’s northern […]

POLYCAST 600 Installation

installing polycast 600, how to install concrete drains, polycast installation guide

Earlier in the year, I witnessed the installation of 40 LF of Polycast 600. Polycast 600 is a pre-sloped polymer concrete product manufactured by Hubbell. It is similar to many commercial grade products out on the market except that it is measured in feet instead of meters. The 600 Series in question used galvanized steel slotted grates and Polyguard […]

Ornamental Grating for Trench Drain

perforated heel-proof grate, heel proof grating, ADA decorative grate

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 […]

Trench Drain in the Black Hills

custom steel grates, national parks improvements, perforated grates

This summer, I had the opportunity to view more trench drain at various National Monuments. This time, I visited the Black Hills and viewed the trench drain marvels of Devil’s Tower and Mount Rushmore. Trench Drain at Mount Rushmore I went to Mount Rushmore 25 years ago on my way to Field Camp (to study […]