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4 Places To Install Trench Drains In Your Home

Trench drains are an efficient way to remove water from areas where drainage is necessary. They work quickly and help prevent damage to a home’s foundation, landscape, and hardscape. There are four critical places around the house to install a trench drain where it will significantly impact.

Materials for decorative trench grates

If the area surrounding the house slopes towards it, water can seep into and harm the building’s foundation. Damage to the foundation can cause destabilization and necessitate expensive repairs. Water entering a building can also seep into basements, causing rot and mold in underground areas. Rot and mold is another costly problem to deal with and can even be hazardous to one’s health.

Heelproof Trench grate

Water can damage a home’s foundation, but a trench drain can prevent that from happening.

The best solution when tackling these problems is to prevent them from cropping up in the first place. A trench drain installed around the foundation’s perimeter can help put a stop to water entering the building. Instead of pooling near the foundation, the water can be redirected away from the house entirely.

Decorative trench drain grates in a garden

Proper drainage is just as important in other areas of the home too. Rainfall can tear up topsoil, wash away fertilizer, or even kill smaller plants. Even a light rain shower could create problems by drowning plants in a puddle of sitting water.

Proper drainage is required to prevent damage. A drain placed between a garden and a source of potential water can help create a barrier. Once a drain has been placed, one can even arrange a garden with this drainage in mind, building plots to slope toward the drain.

Trench Grate Garden

A trench drain in the garden can help reduce damage to the landscape and plants.

Pathways should also be considered when planning garden drainage. Most outdoor pathways are level with the surrounding ground. As such, they are susceptible to standing water, which creates a severe slipping hazard. A trench drain flanking the side of a pathway can help ease this problem and prevent future injury.

One also needs to think about the visual impact of the drainage system in a garden. The drain grate that is chosen to cover the drain should match the landscape design. Jonite offers decorative grates in different styles and colours, making it easy to seamlessly blend the landscape’s drainage system.

Channel drains for a driveway

Since a driveway is a large, nonporous surface, it can provide the perfect pathway for outside rainwater to enter one’s home. This is particularly true with driveways that slope towards the garage or those that have garage doors that do not fully seal. Water entering a garage can damage items within the garage, create an environment for rot and mold, or even provide a pathway for water to reach other places within the house.

However, a driveway with a trench drain can help in preventing these problems. A trench drain placed between a driveway and a garage can serve as a physical barrier that stops water in its tracks and prevents it from getting in. Meanwhile, a trench drain placed at the top of a driveway’s slope can cause less water to pass over it in general. This has the added benefit of preventing water from breaking down the driveway surface and causing cracks.

On top of this, a trench drain grate placed over the drain itself allows vehicles and pedestrians to travel over the drain. This makes it easy to keep the driveway in use while also protecting it from damage.

Trench drain grates for patios

Like the other areas mentioned, patios are particularly susceptible to problems caused by water. The leveled surface of the patios makes them pleasant to use. However, it is also the perfect place for water to pool up, creating a slipping hazard and potentially damaging the patio surface’s integrity. Water seeping into the foundation of a patio can also lead to instability. If a patio is level with the ground or if the ground slopes toward the patio, these problems are exacerbated even further.

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Trench drains installed by patios can reduce slipping hazards and make them more comfortable to use.

A properly placed trench drain can help prevent the water from reaching the patio, which can help maintain a dry, slip-free environment and avoid water damage. Also, reinforced stone grates conduct less heat than other materials, making the grate and the surrounding surface more comfortable for the people using it.

Final thoughts

Placing a trench drain in an outdoor area also makes it possible to tie it into a more extensive drainage system. Jonite’s decorative grates can be coordinated with other landscape drain grates, such as decorative tree grates.

Trench drains are an invaluable solution when dealing with excess water around the home. Installing them around the building foundation, garden, driveway, or patio can protect these areas from water damage while also adding visual interest.

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