Category Archives: Trench Drain Basics

General information about drainage, design, water flow and trench drain applications.

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 […]

Keep Your She Shed, Man Cave or Kid Cabin Safe from Water Damage

MAX Mini She Shed Drains

Have you planned for drainage near your shed? Learn how to protect your prized possession.

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

brewery floor grates, brewery floor drain grates, Pro Plus 100 drain grates, cast iron brewery drains

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

driveway drains

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

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 […]

Why are my grates orange? – FAQ’s on Rust

Cast Iron Sun Grate

You received your raw cast iron grate with its silver hue and flawless appearance only to walk outside two weeks later to find a grate with orange spots of rust starting to form. The first thought you have is to return the grate because they must be defective an you didn’t sign up for this […]