Snow removal equipment can easily damage trench drains. Since most drains have a 90 degree edge that can protrude above grade, when a loader catches an edge it usually destroys it. LTEC drains were designed in Lake Tahoe specifically with snow removal equipment in mind. We create a radius or bend along both sides of the grates. Since the grates sit an eighth of an inch higher than the channel, there is no edge for snow removal equipment to catch on. The equipment blades simply veer off the grates. Whether you use a snow blower or hire a snow removal contractor with big heavy loaders, damage to drains is not going to be a problem.
Every year thousands of contractors and homeowners replace drains damaged and destroyed from snow removal equipment with LTEC drains. Removal and replacement of a damaged drain (even a section of the drain) is a huge expense considering the entire drain will need to be replaced. Be smart and go with an LTEC drain designed specifically for snow country. Spend your time and money skiing or snowboarding instead of replacing drains.