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General information about plastics the use of plastic trench drains.

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 […]

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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 […]

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Setting up MEArin 100 for Residential Drain Situations

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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Assembling 9 & 12 Inch Landscaping Basins

Catch Basin Installation

Since we get a lot of questions about catch basins, we had John show you how to assemble a 9″ and 12″ landscaping basins. He runs through all basin components, including decorative grating and debris filters. Learn your basin’s outlet sizes and placement options.  Ready to shop? Visit our online store by clicking here. Big […]

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Four Considerations when Choosing your Swimming Pool Deck Drain

Jonite Grates for Pools

When faced with the prospect of selecting a channel drain for your swimming pool deck, your task can seem overwhelming. Your contractor may only have a handful of the drain products available in his regional marketplace. Additionally, if you are looking for custom or design-specific grating options, you may have to spend many nights researching […]

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New “Cathedral” Grating for NDS Mini Channel

decorative sidewalk grates, courtyard grates,

Trench Drain Systems expanded its decorative offering for NDS Mini Channel with a new pattern of bronze and aluminum grating. The design, borrowed from Chester Cathedral in Chester, England, (shown below) is heel-proof, subdued and stylish.   It adds a solemn aesthetic to the hardscape and hints of a yearning for the innocence of old. Chester […]

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3 Reasons Why Trench Drains Fail

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A trench drain can be an expensive item to install. First you have to invest time and energy into trying to solve a drainage problem. Then, there is the cost of the drain itself: channel, top grating and shipping costs. Next, there is an expense associated with the installation. Maybe you use a contractor.  Maybe […]

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Finally, a Installation Guide for MEArin 100!

MEArin100 Driveway Drainage

If you’ve been looking for a MEArin 100 installation guide, you’re in luck! Trench Drain Systems partnered up with a customer last month to create an accurate install guide designed specifically for the MEArin system. Click here to see the instructions. I love MEArin 100. I worked with it for years, and I’ve found that […]

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