Several weeks back we posted on drainage solutions and the different types of drains we typically install. This week we will continue with a brief discussion about trench drains.
Typical Characteristics of Trench Drains
- Often found near driveways and commonly installed by garage doors to keep water from entering the garage.
- Come in various sizes, materials and colors.
- Collect water efficiently across a wide span
- Angled to divert water to attached drainage solution
The steel trench drain found in this video is able to collect water without being overrun or clogged by debris. Prior to installation this homeowner was experiencing water intrusion in the garage during heavy rainfalls. Due to the homes setup the water would run down the driveway and under the garage door. This trench drain is able to collect large amounts of water efficiently before it gets to the garage door. In addition it effectively diverts the water to an attached drainage pipe which carries the water to daylight. As a result the installation has alleviated the homeowner’s garage flooding every time it rains. Additionally, the steel construction of this drain allows it withstand the weight of heavy vehicles without cracking. This aspect contributes to the products ability to serve as a long term solution for the homeowner.
Trying to determine the best drain for your drainage needs? Before making a decision take the following into consideration.
- Location of drain to be placed
- Amount of water the drain will need to take on and divert
- Amount of organic debris in the area
- Volume and weight of traffic if any
As with any drainage solution, you want to verify that the appropriate drain type, material and size is installed for your unique needs. Keep in mind that sometimes multiple types of drains working in conjunction may be necessary to resolve the drainage issue you are experiencing.