Who doesn’t dream of having an outdoor kitchen with all of the amenities of its indoor counterpart? We visited a customer who had created a beautiful sanctuary behind their home. When completed, it became an outdoor getaway with a beautiful stone fireplace and stainless steel appliances. The area is ‘magazine perfect’ with the exception of an occasional uninvited guest.
Mother Nature made appearances in the form of rainfall and although the kitchen is enclosed, standing water became a problem. Even after the water dissipated, the area would remain damp and it was clear that the customer needed a drainage solution.
The customer, Steve Stemler, has been in the commercial plumbing business for many years and knew he needed a trench drain system. However, he didn’t want to have something bulky and unattractive like the drainage systems usually found in parking lots. Stemler was looking for something that would be effective and appealing to the overall look of his patio area. He told us that he “searched the internet and found Trench Drain Systems.” With a little guidance from the TDS team, he selected the sand Mini channel with natural bronze cathedral grates.
“The bronze grating compliments what we were trying to achieve in our outdoor kitchen and we are thrilled with our purchase.”
The existing surface was a stamped concrete so Stemler contracted a concrete cutter to excavate a trench large enough to accommodate the channel. Finding installers to place the drainage system is easy when you own a plumbing and irrigation business.
There was no need for Stemler to justify the need for a drainage solution because it rained heavily shortly after the excavation phase of the project was completed. Everyone witnessed first-hand how the trench redirected the rain even before the channel and grates had been installed.
Stemler was extremely grateful for the customer assistance and follow-through of Trench Drain Systems staff members.
New and Improved
Since this project was completed, Trench Drain Systems has released a new product line based upon this system. The MAX Mini kits include a decorative edging that enhances the project by treating the edges of the channel with a covering that complements the decorative grates. Click here to see the 13 varieties available.