Drainage systems have been around as long as cities and civilizations itself. In fact, some scholars believe that the well-designed trench drainage and aqueduct systems of Rome were critical to the rise of the empire. A trench drain, like many drains, is designed to move water away from a specific area. Although some drains, like the Roman aqueducts, were used to move water to an area as well. Because of their versatility and efficient drainage solution, trench drains have been used throughout the ages to stop flooding and ponding and to maintain sanitary cities and communities.
What are Trench Drains?
Trench drains are usually designed as long, grated linear drains that are recessed into the ground or artificial surface. The surface is generally graded towards the drain opening, allowing water to be quickly evacuated from the area. The grates atop the trench drain play the double role of providing pedestrians and vehicles a safe and flush surface on which to walk and drive and ensuring that the drain does not become clogged with excess debris.
What are Trench Drains Used For?
In the modern world, trench drains are used in a variety of applications. They are used to reduce slip hazards on surfaces that are prone to build up water, protect property from flooding and damage, protect and extend the life of paved surfaces and foundations, and, in areas where there is a significant amount of rain and other precipitation, they are used to prevent cars from hydroplaning on roads.
Trench drains are better suited to a number of environs than a square catch basin drain. Catch basin drains require the surface that needs draining to be graded in awkward and complex ways, leaving an uneven appearance and creating a possible safety hazard. In addition, the piping of a catch basin drain of any shape is not easily accessible and is therefore prone to clogging and costly repair.
Trench drains are ideally suited for driveways, where square drains are nearly useless. Trench drains offer a neat, clean linear appearance that can border a driveway or house to protect the foundation.
What kind of Trench Drain Should I Install?
Like many products out there, not all trench drainage systems are created equal. When considering a type or brand of drain, it is important to understand the difference in materials used, labor required, and the estimated longevity of the drain. Also, it is really important to consider the type of traffic that the drain is going to be subjected to. If the drain is going to be driven over on a regular basis, you need to be sure that it can handle the forces.
LTEC Trench Drainage Systems are designed for superior storm-water, driveway and floodwater management. Made from high quality galvanized steel, LTEC Trench drains provide a long lasting drainage solution that will not wear out like the plastic and polymer competitors. Resistant to weather and sun, an LTEC trench drainage system will continue to work to keep your property and home safe from flooding. Contact us today or check out our online store!