Demystifying Strip Drains

What is a Strip Drain?

Are you in the market for the ideal drainage solution for your space? Let’s talk about strip drains: what they are, how they work, why they work well and how we can help you. 

A strip drain, as the name suggests, is a drain that looks like a strip—a thin and narrow drain that can span long lengths. They have many names, from linear drain, trench grate, channel drain to channel grate. They are ideal for architectural designs, indoor wet spaces, or for bathroom, kitchen or laundry grating. They can be used in civil contexts, such as driveways, courtyards, open-air foyers and threshold grating, or in landscape contexts, such as pool grating and walkway drainage. No matter how big or small your space is, or whether it’s inside or outside, strip drains are a great solution. 

How Does a Strip Drain Work? 

A strip drain sits in a dug out channel that, once installed, lies flush with the ground. Unlike point drains, strip drains may require only a single slope to the floor, meaning they don’t have to be centrally placed, and can be installed along edges—giving you more design options. The strip drain channel slopes gently towards the pipework, and the collected water flows down into the reticulation network, which takes the water to the disposal system (such as the main sewerage line). 

Benefits of Strip Drains vs Other Drains

There are many reasons why strip drains are a great design solution. Firstly, when a strip drain is installed in a space, as mentioned above, the floor only needs to slope in one direction (depending upon its placement), making building and construction work easier. Secondly, they can handle large volumes of water, so are effective at draining a space quickly. Thirdly, they are more aesthetically pleasing than other drainage options, as they can be installed in discreet locations, such as wall ends, flooring junctions and thresholds. Lastly, they allow for a step-free space, improving accessibility and ease of movement.

How to Install a Strip Drain

The installation of strip drains is guided by the Australian National Construction Code, and should be done by a licensed tradesman. Depending on the specifics of the job, it may require the coordination of builders, plumbers, water-proofers, tilers and concreters. It may seem like an arduous process, but that’s where we come in…  

We have studied drainage for many years now, and based on that knowledge, we are proud to introduce CLICK DRAIN ®. our proprietary strip drain system that makes installation quick and simple. CLICK DRAIN ® components come in modular lengths that can be cut to size on site. This makes lifting and transporting them a breeze, and installation hassle-free in even the most unique situations. 

Strip Drains: The Auswave Experience 

As well as CLICK DRAIN ®, we have a range of products on offer to suit any situation. Stainless steel is superior to other building materials in that it is long lasting, doesn’t rust or corrode, and is well suited to Australian weather conditions and the harsh environments associated with industrial or marine locations. We use only high quality 304 and 316 grades stainless steel and on top of a superior design and manufacturing process, we can offer our clients, custom-made products that are one of a kind and specially made fit-for-purpose. 

So if you are looking for strip drains, whether conventional, modular or custom-made, make sure to give us a call! As well as a huge range of products on offer, our drainage specialists can give you sound advice on how to choose the best drainage solution for your needs. 

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