Category Archives: General Installation

Trench drain installation, drain installation methods and problem trench drain installations

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 […]

3 Common Reasons Why Trench Drains Fail

broken drains

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 […]

4 Places To Install Trench Drain Around The House

Driveway drainage

Residential trench drain is a large market that fluctuates with the construction season. Homeowners and private drainage projects often extend the market well into winter months when the commercial sectors slow. The most common residential applications are pool/patio, driveway drains, downspout drainage and shower drains.  This article discusses these four main drainage applications and some […]

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 […]

Installing a Linear Shower Drain – First Decisions

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When renovating a bathroom shower, it’s tempting to build your design off stylish finishes and patterns. Unfortunately, work comes before play. Two questions will determine the correct linear shower drain for your project. 1.) What is the combined flow rate of the shower? In other words, you need to know your shower’s total outflow. If […]

3 Trench Drain Installation Tips You Need to Know

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Since trench drains are part of the project’s foundation plan, they are literally the groundwork of their project. Entire projects can be “wounded” if the trench drain is dysfunctional.  The drain installation has much to do with how functional the drain will be. And, drain installations can go horribly wrong.  Here are three trench drain […]

The Trick With Trench Drains in Suspended Slabs

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Suspended slabs are trickier to pour than on-grade floors. Likewise, installing a trench drain in a suspended floor requires more thought than does an on-grade drain installation.  I’ve come up with a few considerations to help prevent your suspended slab drain install project from going sideways. DISCLAIMER: For fork truck traffic on suspended floors, don’t […]

Horse Barn Drain Installation – Econodrain #4

This is a story about a trench drain installation in a horse barn. In this case, a drain was previously installed and deemed inadequate for many reasons.  The owners decided to replace the old drain with a product called Econodrain #4.  Econodrain is what I call a former trench drain system; it utilizes a disposable […]