Construction projects requiring proper drainage cannot be stressed enough. Standing water can create numerous issues for builders and contractors alike, including foundational damage as well as mold growth and mildew development. A solution recently adopted by builders and contractors like EIndustrialEngineering alike are strip drains; here, we’ll examine what they are, their application and the potential benefits they bring for successful construction.
What Are Strip Drains?
Strip drains, also referred to as linear or trench drains, are channels installed into structures to collect and direct excess water away from an area. Usually constructed out of concrete, polymer, or stainless steel materials for durability, strip drains can be designed and customized according to dimensions and aesthetic preferences of individual spaces.
Strip drains differ from traditional point drains in that they collect water as it flows over an entire surface and deposit it directly into a central drainage system. Instead, strip drains span an entire length of surface area to collect it as it runs off; eventually transporting it away through an underground network of pipes.
How Do Strip Drains Work?
Strip drains employ the principle of gravity to divert water away from surfaces of structures. When rain or other sources introduce liquid to surfaces, it will naturally flow towards its lowest point – in this instance being the channel installed into the surface by which a strip drain operates.
As water enters a channel, it is collected and directed away from it using an interconnected network of pipes that lead away from it via its natural flow. These pipes may either connect directly to a central drainage system, or can simply direct it elsewhere entirely.
What Are the Advantages of Strip Drains?
Improvement of Aesthetics
One of the key advantages of strip drains is their customizable aesthetics, making them the ideal additions to any space. Traditional point drains may be unsightly and disrupt the design of any structure; however, strip drains made of materials such as stainless steel or polymer can be designed to fit seamlessly with their surroundings and blend in.
One advantage of strip drains is reduced maintenance requirements compared to traditional point drains, such as point drains that collect debris. Point drains need frequent clearing out in order to function effectively while strip drains have larger surfaces designed to collect the water as it flows along them and minimize the chance of clogs accumulating on their surfaces.
Strip drains can help improve safety in a space by lowering the risk of slips and falls. Traditional point drains may pose a tripping hazard in high traffic areas; however, their flush surface reduces accidents.
Strip drains are designed to withstand heavy use, made of resilient materials such as concrete or stainless steel for increased longevity and reduced repairs and replacement needs over time – saving both money and time in the process.
Improved Water Management
One of the greatest advantages of strip drains is their ability to effectively manage water. Traditional point drains collect it all at one location before depositing it into a central drainage system; but strip drains can capture and collect it as it runs across surfaces, decreasing chances of standing water and damage it can cause to structures.
Strip drains are an efficient means for managing water while improving safety, durability, and aesthetics of a space. By collecting it as it flows off surfaces of buildings and collecting it as it gathers over them, strip drains reduce standing water which could otherwise cause foundational damage and encourage mold/mildew growth. Their customizable designs can match the aesthetics of any space while their durability reduces maintenance costs long term – saving both time and money in maintenance costs over time.
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