Trench Drain Systems gets a lot of questions about the 5 inch NDS Pro-Series product line. Our expert, John, went over some standard product features to help you know a bit more about the drains. NDS designed the channels to join together without couplers. They fit together tongue-and-groove. That’s already an improvement. Most residential drains need an extra part to fit together, and eliminating that saves a lot of hassle. But each channel also has these anchoring ribs every 4 inches that really grab the concrete. If you need a smaller piece of drain, just cut at any of these points to get a smaller channel that still interlocks. Pro Series outlets connect directly, whether it’s this bottom outlet or an end outlet. Everything attaches to 3” S&D and 4 inch S&D fitting SPT. The shallow version – yes there’s a shallow option – only has an inch and a half outlet for Sch. 40 pipe. There’s no built-in bottom outlet, but the shallow profile does have a nifty extension for 3 inch S&D bottom outlets and inch and a half side outlets. If you choose the Deep or Shallow profile … either way, they connect the same, and they take the same grates. And those grates have a lot of variety.
5″ Pro Series has a gray perforated grate perfect for pedestrians. With these small openings, you get a trade-off: It doesn’t handle much water but it is ADA compliant and heel-friendly.
This light traffic grate handles almost three times as much water as the perforated grate. It’s also more robust, so you can drive across it. This one’s the most popular option because it comes in 6 colors and is still ADA Compliant. These two grates are commercial-grade. Both are H-20 load rated, so start thinking tractor-trailers and forklifts.