A shallow trench drain system is a drainage system to remove the surface standing water. Because of its’ capacity to be built in long runs, trench drains are incredibly beneficial, preventing pooling and making them extremely suitable when runoff from a large surface area is required.
The installing process of shallow drain systems is complicated. You must hire an experienced plumber to execute the installation process. However, you need to choose the right trench gates and frames according to your application need before that.
A trench drain system is designed to protect against damage to paved surfaces and adjacent water-related or chemical runoff areas. Let’s take a look at the categories and application of the trench drain system.
Categories of Trench Drain System
- Commercial – These trench gates are suitable for use in industries and heavy-duty applications.
- Stainless Edge – They are perfect for use in kitchens and baths because these drains are hygienic, easy to clean, and do not rust easily.
- Domestic – These drains are useful for residential, home-owners, and light-duty projects.
- Heavy Duty – These trench drains are built for heavy machinery and/or massive water flows.
- Pool – Usually, pool sinks are made of plastic and contain no metal. They are typically smaller than standard trench drains, come in varying widths, and have decorative plastic or aluminum grates.
- Shower – An exciting area of home renovation is drains used in the building of showers and baths. They can offer a nice modern feel to a tiled shower enclosure.
- Shallow drain – This drain is a specialty drain found in areas with a concern with height and construction depth. Regular trench drains extend from around 4 1/2″ deep to 17″ deep upwards. Shallow trench drains run from a depth of 2 1/4 ” to 3 ½”. Because of the height limits, there are no pre-sloped external trench drains.
So, choose yours according to your own need.
Tips for Choosing the Grates
- Weight/load Class – Most drain grates are made for pathways and roads. So, you must choose the right weight or load class material for your application.
- Drain Size Compatibility – Although specific standard drain width sizes exist, not all drainage widths are the same. For one instance, individual producers manufacture grates with special sizing. Many suppliers of drainage and grates will typically only make their grates match their particular drain channels. You need to ensure that the drain size is compatible with your applicable facility.
- Aesthetics – Aesthetics are perhaps the most complex and probably the most time-consuming judgment aspect. There are a plethora of numerous drain grate hole styles and designs today. There are also various material options. So, consider the application and environment for the grates. Then choose the right color and materials that go with your environment.
A wrong load class could quickly break grates and damage/injure pedestrians/vehicles or simply make an overly fortified grid. It is safest to review their grating requirements and choices with each grating manufacturer as well.
Although many aspects need to be considered when finding the appropriate trench drain solution just like the stormwater pits, the right vendor or local agent would be able to assist you with a full system review. They will help you pick the suitable material, lengths, and measurements to better meet your drainage objectives and have the maximum possible system life.