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General information about plastics the use of plastic trench drains.

House and Patio Drainage – Stormwater Management

Poolside Drainage

An easy way to calculate the storm water runoff of your house or patio (in gallons per minute) is by using the modified Rational Method equation.  This equation is: Q = (C x I x A) / 96.23 where:Q = Storm Water Runoff (in gallons per minute, gpm)C = Coefficient of RunoffI = Rainfall Intensity […]

Why Manufacture a Plastic Drainage System?

ULMA HYDROPLUS Drainage System

There are a myriad of materials that industry leaders use to manufacture trench drain systems. ULMA Architectural Solutions went with plastic for their HYDROPLUS drainage system. Here are the top 5 reasons why ULMA made that decision: The ULMA HYDROPLUS linear drainage system is made with Polypropylene/Polyethylene (PP/PEHD). This neutral system is compatible with a wide […]

Driveway Drainage on a Dime

Driveway Drainage System

It doesn’t matter where you live, there will always be an opportunity for a weather event that can cause your driveway to flood. Storm water alone can be excessive and your driveway can easily become inundated from additional runoff from nearby rooftops, neighboring streets and sidewalks. Since water follows/pushes water, it collects and pools at […]

Metal Decorative Grates for NDS Products

Mini Channel Aluminum Tardis Grates and Slim Channel Bronze Slotted Grates

The grate options are expanding for the ever popular Mini Channel and Slim Channel drainage systems manufactured by National Diversified Systems (NDS). These well known and consumer friendly linear drains are manufactured in Fresno, California by NDS and warehoused in locations all over the United States. The Mini Channel is a 3-inch wide system that […]

6 Reasons to Consider Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic is perfect for water parks

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) is becoming a common building material, but while some areas have been quick to embrace fiber-reinforced polymers, other contractors and plant managers still aren’t convinced. Why should they use fiberglass grating for their railings, walkways and trench drains? First, some basic information about fiberglass grates. FRP material is a composite made […]

Keeping Rainy Days at Bay with Lawn Drains

plastic catch basin, yard basin, landscape basin, 24" catch basin

Yard drainage comes to the front of every homeowner’s mind at least once. Maybe a new development upsets your neighborhood’s runoff balance. Perhaps an uphill neighbor’s new patio sends water sheeting through your backyard. Or, maybe the first rainstorm in a new home creates an unexpected pond. Flooded yards can leave you feeling hopeless, but […]

Q&A How do I replace pool deck grates?

Jonite Grates for Pools

A common complaint I hear about pool deck drains is that replacement grates are hard to find. The pool industry tends to offer narrow plastic trench drains, and while this itself is not a problem, it does pose one. Most common pool deck drains do not offer removable grates. Rather, the channel drain is a […]

Setting up MEArin 100 for Residential Drain Situations

mea drain, mea driveway drain, mearin garage drain, driveway drainage systems, garage trench drains

5″ MEArin 100 driveway drainage system is a popular solution for many residential and commercial situations.

Plastic Driveway Drains Do Exist!

Ever since the rise of plastic trench drains, there have been 3 big misconceptions about plastic driveway drains. They’re not traffic rated (FALSE) They’re not sloped (FALSE) They’re not decorative (FALSE) Popular plastic channel drains only provide surface level view of your options. Based on a trip to their local chain store, a homeowner would […]

TDS Presents: NDS Pro Series 5 Trench Drain System

NDS Pro Series 5 Grates

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 […]