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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 […]

Narrow Drains with Wide Appeal

Narrow Drains with Wide Appeal Blog Cover Photo

Problem: You are planning an outdoor living space which includes a kitchen, spa and pool. You will need a deck drain to help control the rainwater. However, the products you’ve seen in the marketplace don’t match the aesthetic of your outdoor setting. The popular drains commonly used by contractors are narrow and plastic. Narrow deck […]

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 […]

NDS® Slim Channel Drains – Making Home Improvement Easy

NDS Slim Channel

Do you notice standing water in your lawn, patio, poolside or sidewalk after it rains? Do you have an itch to improve your outdoor living space without it becoming an overwhelming project? If you answered yes to either of these questions, the 2 inch wide NDS® Slim Channel drainage system is your solution to maximize […]

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 […]

Q&A: Retrofitting Plastic Patio Drains

Drainage retrofit

Last week we had a reader email us with a patio drain question. Namely, how could he replace the worn plastic channels of his patio drain, which was separating from the concrete floor? Curiosity about the drain itself aside, I am more concerned with the installation’s integrity. As you see in the photo, he pulled […]

Decorative Plastic Trench Grates Exist!

NDS Decorative Grates

Ever since the first line of plastic trench drains emerged on the market, homeowners have welcomed the convenience of lightweight, affordable drainage systems. Easily purchased and installed, plastic drains bring patio and driveway drainage systems to an accessible level. But a lingering flaw in plastic drainage systems has been the same simplicity that made them […]

Product Comparison – Zurn Z880 vs. NDS Mini Channel

NDS Mini Channel vs. Zurn Z880

The Z880 Perma Trench is one of Zurn’s most popular residential trench drain product lines.  Its name may sound intimidating, but there’s nothing to fear from this plastic drain.  It was designed for pools, patios and landscape drainage much like its competitor, the NDS Mini Channel.  Both the NDS Mini Channel and the Z880 are […]

NDS Pro Series Channel Drains

NDS Pro Series 8 - This Old House

NDS offers a line of channel drain systems called the “Pro Series”. These channels are injected, molded from polyvinyl chloride, and have a neutral slope (no slope). They come in a variety of widths (3”, 5”, 8” and 12”). According to NDS literature asterisk notes, this product is technology licensed from the Italian trench drain […]

Plastic Trench Drain vs. Residential Trench Drain

Outdoor Kitchen-TDS Bronze Grates

Are most residential drainage projects solved by plastic trench drain? It’s starting to look that way. As society’s attention to stormwater runoff issues grows, so does our need to learn about water control products such as trench drains. Concrete and fiberglass trench drains dominated the commercial market for years. Polymer concrete or fiberglass-based drainage systems […]