Category Archives: Frequently Asked questions

Polymer Concrete Trench Drain – In the Beginning

The first time I learned of ACO and polymer concrete was in 1985 while on a tour of some silica mines in northeast Ohio.  In that part of the country, the Sharon conglomerate crops out of the ground and is mined by a number of industrial mineral firms.  The Best Silica Company, located in Chardon, […]

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 […]

4 Tips to Help Pick a Polymer Concrete Brewery Drain

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Polymer concrete drains are a viable option for breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries, but they can be tricky to understand. As with stainless steel trench drain installations, there are grating and catch basin considerations when planning a drain. But with polymer concrete channels, process temperature and chemical resistance of the process becomes more of a […]

Understanding Polymer Concrete vs. Vinyl Ester

POLYCAST trench drain

When choosing what is needed for your drainage project, there are many factors to consider, including what materials your system is made of. This decision depends highly upon the application requirements. Trying to understand the science between polymer concrete and vinyl ester drainage systems can be difficult. Most people don’t realize the importance of knowing […]

Why Driveway Drainage is Important

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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 […]

3 Common Reasons Why Trench Drains Fail

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A trench drain can be an expensive item to install. First, it requires an investment of time and energy to solve a drainage problem. Then there is the cost of the drain materials including the channel, top grating and shipping cost. The project will also require installation time and expense, as well as concrete and […]

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

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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 […]