Commercial Drainage: Three Planning Guidelines for Installing Channels

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Commercial Drainage: Three Planning Guidelines for Installing Channels

21 December 2022
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Poor drainage in commercial and industrial properties can cause numerous problems and complications for the business. For instance, if the stormwater cannot flow out efficiently, the property will be vulnerable to flooding. Also, stagnation on the surfaces due to runoff increases the risk of structural deterioration due to water damage. Therefore, you must choose a reliable approach to promoting the efficient management of surface water. Channel drains provide the perfect solution for preventing the accumulation of runoff around your property. As implied, these units are designed as straight furrows, which can be installed in a continuous series. Their coverage maximises the collection of stormwater in large properties, particularly around driveways and parking lots. If you are interested in using drainage channels to maximise stormwater management, consider the below-outlined tips for good results.

Know Your Property

You should understand the drainage needs within your property before purchasing supplies and installing the channels. The most critical issues to address are the volume of water expected and the projected traffic. In general, the amount of stormwater will depend on the climate and weather in your locale. However, when calculating the required channel volume, you must understand the surrounding surfaces. For instance, if the entire commercial land is paved, the water volume will be high. Unpaved surfaces have natural drainage through the soil. Compare the channel sizes and choose the most compatible for your needs. The projected traffic on your channels refers to the weight exerted by vehicles, equipment and people. Check the maximum weight rating indicated for different drain channels and their grates, and ensure they are suitable for your business.

Understand the Materials

The materials used in manufacturing or building drain channels will determine the durability and reliability of the system. Therefore, you must evaluate the options and find the most beneficial for your property. In most cases, concrete is the best choice for commercial and industrial properties. This material will allow for customisation, and your chosen civil works contractor can guide you on technical requirements. If you are looking for readymade products, you can select prefabricated concrete, metal or even plastic drains.

Consider the Permits 

Finally, you should prepare your application for a drainage system permit. The specific details for approval will depend on the unique circumstances of your construction. For instance, if you are building a new structure with the channels, you might not need a separate application. Repairs and expansions have different permit requirements, so consult the local council or your civil works contractor.