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How And When To Use A Channel Drain

British weather is anything but predictable.

We’re no stranger to wet, inclement weather, but pooling water can cause structural damage to homes and create a safety hazard around high-traffic areas, such as driveways and pavements.

A channel drain is a fantastic solution for swamped gardens, puddled driveways, and waterlogged pitches, and will also prevent rain and surface runoff from wreaking havoc on your abode.

In this blog, Total Pipeline Systems explain what channel drains are, how they work, and when they are used.

What is a channel drain?

A channel drain (sometimes called a trench drain or linear drain) is used to transfer water through an underground drainage system. It collects and disperses the water from a flat paved or concreted area and is typically installed at the bottom of a slope.

There are two main types of channel drain – the first has built-in falls which are ideal for larger areas, whilst regular depth channels are perfect for where the surface is naturally sloping.

How does channel drainage work?

Comprised of an enclosed HDPE (high-density polypropylene) channel with either HDPE or galvanised grating over the top, the main purpose of channel drainage is to remove surface water from an area.

Rather than draining water at a specific point like a gully, it drains water along its entire length. Not only does this prevent flooding and overspill, but it also controls the water flow by reducing the amount of stress that’s put on the system.

The grating prevents debris such as leaves from entering the drainage system and stops vehicle wheels and pedestrian’s feet from getting caught in the gap.

When are channel drains required?

Channel drains are mostly used at domestic properties to protect drives, patios, gardens, and garages or to prevent excess water gushing into roads and car parks.

They can also be used at swimming pools to drain moisture from around the pool itself – preventing slips, trips, and falls – not to mention golf courses and tennis courts that are prone to flooding in wet conditions.

Often, HDPE channel drains with plastic grating will suffice for light-duty applications, whilst motorways and industrial estates will benefit from an HDPE drain length with a galvanised grate.

Ready to invest in channel drainage supplies?

Great! Our channel drains are available in 1-metre lengths with HDPE and galvanised grating.

They are super simple to maintain yet offer a long-term solution for removing rainwater and runoff. They effectively control the flow of water after heavy rainfall and eliminate soil erosion, too.

In addition to channel drains, we’re delighted to stock quad boxes, outlet caps, end caps, and sump units at some of the most competitive prices around. We’re confident that you’ll find the ideal product for your drainage needs, without breaking the bank.

Get in touch with Total Pipes today

If you have any questions about channel drainage or you’d like to speak with an expert, contact our specialists. We are always on hand to offer advice and support and would love to hear from you.

Simply give us a call on 01254 382 000 or email, and we’ll be in touch shortly.