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 can be referred to as linear drains, trench drains, and channel drains. They are ideal for architectural designs, indoor wet spaces, or for bathroom, kitchen or laundry grating. Likewise, 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 and are the core of our custom and modular drainage design and management solutions.
How Does a Strip Drain Work?
Strip drains lay in a channel (a dugout or formed long trench – hence the word linear drains) that, once installed, then 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 drains 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).
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Benefits of Strip Drains vs Other Drains
There are many reasons why strip drains are a great design solution, such as…
- 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.
- This also makes drying more efficient as linear strip drains are not just in one spot but the length of the drainage area.
- Strip Drains can handle large volumes of water, so are effective at draining a space quickly – though the actual drain hole limits the flow rate, there can be multiple drain holes with linear drainage.
- Aesthetically they more pleasing than other drainage options, as they can be installed in discreet locations, such as wall ends, flooring junctions and thresholds.
- We can also supply them in a range of colours and finishes for visual impact, and, as with our Heelguard range, slip resistance.
- They also allow for a step-free space (no hob to trip on in showers for example), improving accessibility and ease of movement.
- Stainless Steel Strip Drains provide the hardest wearing and safest of all strip drain types.
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 and supplied custom made stainless steel drainage solutions for many years now, and based on that knowledge, we are proud to introduce CLICK DRAIN ® our proprietary stainless steel modular 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 custom made Australian manufactured stainless steel products on offer to suit any drainage solutions required. 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.