5 Important Considerations When Installing Slot Drains in Industrial Buildings

May 17, 2018
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It is a given that a proper, well-functioning drainage system is an essential part of any commercial business. Whether you are doing contract work for a meat processing facility, a brewery, or even a farm, you want to give your client the best drainage system you can. Without a doubt, you should be considering a Slot Drain drainage system. The unique design of these drains makes them one of the best options on the market, providing businesses with efficient, grateless drainage. Even better is how easy they are for you to install; but, you need to keep a few important considerations in mind when you install a Slot Drain system for your client.


1. The Slot Drain Does Not Include Grates

One of the biggest benefits of a Slot Drain system compared to other concrete trench drain designs is the fact that it does not have grated drains. Because Slot Drain does not have grates, it makes the system much easier to install. There is no need to worry about putting heavy grates in place and bolting them down, which can take multiple people due to how heavy they can be. Additionally, because they are not grated drains, it makes them a more cost-effective option, since there will be no worry about having to replace grates as they become broken and worn.

 2. It Comes Fully Assembled and Pre-Sloped

Beyond them not having grated drains, installing a Slot Drain system is incredibly easy. The drains come fully assembled and are pre-sloped, meaning all you have to do is excavate the required trench—leaving enough room underneath and to the sides for the concrete support—and put the drainage system in place. From there, you just need to bolt the ends of the system to the Slot Drain pit to secure it in place and ensure that the whole system is at the right elevation. All-in-all, it should take two workers no more than 30 minutes to install a single, 15-foot section of drainage. 

3. Concrete Should Be Poured in Two Stages

Slot Drain recommends pouring the concrete in two stages to ensure that it does not "float." First, you want to do an initial concrete pour, which will give the drainage channel somewhere to rest. Once this first stage has had an adequate amount of dry-time, you can move onto the second pour for the floor slab. To ensure no bubbles or voids are left behind at this stage, it is best to complete this part with the help of a pencil vibrator. Doing so will help to ensure the security of the drainage system further

 4. It is Easy to Retrofit a Slot Drain into an Existing Trench

Even if you are retrofitting a Slot Drain system, installation is a simple process. In this case, you will mark the location of the drainage system on the existing floor slab and cut a 24-inch trench. You also want to ensure that there is a 6-inch allowance on either side of the drainage system, to allow for pouring the remainder of the concrete. Like with traditional installation, you want to pour the concrete in two parts, using a pencil vibrator to eliminate any bubbles or voids that could otherwise affect the stability of the drainage system.

5. Remove All Styrofoam and Metal Tabs After Finishing Installation

Once the concrete has dried, and the rest of the installation is complete, all that is left is to put the finish touches and ensure it is ready for use. Here, you want to be sure that all of the styrofoam in place to protect the channel gets removed and that the metal tabs are snapped off. After that, the last thing that needs to do: take the paddle and run it through the whole drainage channel, to push any debris towards the collection chamber. Give it all a final inspection to ensure everything looks right, and the job is done.

Installing a Slot Drain system is incredibly easy, as you can see from above. Unlike grated drain systems, a Slot Drain system does not require you to take extra time to bolt down a protective grate. All you have to do is put the channel in place, secure it down, and call it a day. It will not take a massive crew, nor will it require days to complete, no matter how big a system a facility needs. Meaning, you will be able to have more jobs scheduled and not have to worry about your crew all being booked for a single installation.

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