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What is a Strip Drain?

A strip drain, also known as a linear drain or channel drain, is a type of drainage system designed to collect and redirect water from the surface. It consists of a long, narrow channel with a grated or slotted cover that allows water to enter.
Strip drains are commonly used in various outdoor areas, such as driveways, patios, pool decks, and walkways, where efficient water drainage is essential.

Strip Drain Materials

Strip drains have the channel and the grate cover.
The drains can consist of concrete, plastic, and metal. Concrete strip drains are known for their strength and durability, making them suitable for heavy-duty applications. Plastic strip drains offer versatility and are often lightweight and easy to install. Metal strip drains, such as stainless steel or galvanized steel, provide a sleek and modern look while offering excellent durability.


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How Do Strip or Linnear Drains Work?

The functioning of a strip drain is relatively straightforward. The drain channel is strategically positioned in a low-lying area or along the edge of a surface where water tends to accumulate. As water collects on the surface, it naturally flows into the grated or slotted cover, entering the drain channel below.

Once inside the drain channel, the water is directed towards an outlet such as the storm water drain or it may connect to a drainage system, such as a French drain or a stormwater pit.

Strip drains are designed to handle a significant volume of surface water efficiently. The width and depth of the drain channel, along with the spacing of the grates or slots, contribute to its water-carrying capacity. It’s essential to choose a strip drain that matches the anticipated flow of water in the specific area where it will be installed.

Efficient Surface Water Management

One of the primary benefits of strip drains is their ability to effectively manage surface water. As water flows into the strip drain, it is swiftly channeled away from the surface, preventing pooling and potential damage.

Strip drains are particularly useful in areas prone to heavy rainfall or where surface water accumulates.
We commonly install them in driveways that slope down into a garage. The right size drain will stop your garage flooding when it rains. We also often install them along side path ways.

Size and Water Load Capacity

The size of the strip drain should be determined by the amount of surface water you anticipate needing to drain. Larger areas may require multiple strip drains to handle the volume of water effectively.
The load capacity of the strip drain is equally important, especially if it will be subjected to heavy foot traffic or vehicular loads. Ensure that the chosen strip drain can withstand the anticipated load without compromising its structural integrity.

Placement and Design Considerations

The placement and design of strip drains play a crucial role in their effectiveness. It’s important to strategically position the strip drains to capture and divert water away from the desired area. We consider the slope of the land, the direction of water flow, and potential problem areas prone to water accumulation or flooding.

Importance of Proper Drainage Designs

Proper drainage is crucial for several reasons. Effective drainage also helps to protect your landscaping and outdoor structures from erosion caused by excess water. The right drainage solutions play a vital role in managing the flow of water away from your home. Without adequate drainage, water can seep into your foundations or crawl spaces, causing dampness, mould growth, and structural issues.

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Maintenance Tips for Strip Drains

To maintain the optimal performance of strip drains, regular maintenance is necessary. Here are the essential maintenance tips:

  1. Clear Debris: Regularly remove any debris, leaves, or dirt that may accumulate on the surface of the strip drain. This will prevent clogging and ensure proper water flow.
  2. Inspect for Damage: Periodically inspect the strip drain for any signs of damage, such as cracks or breakages. Address any issues promptly to prevent further deterioration.
  3. Clean the Drainage System: Check the connected drainage system, such as stormwater pits or stormwater drains, for any blockages or obstructions. Clear out any accumulated sediment or debris to maintain proper water flow.
  4. Monitor Water Flow: During heavy rainfall or periods of high water volume, monitor the performance of the strip drain. Ensure that water is effectively draining away from the surface and there are no signs of pooling or flooding. If issues arise, consult a professional for further assessment.
  5. Professional Maintenance: Consider scheduling periodic professional maintenance to inspect and clean the strip drain system. This can help identify any underlying issues and ensure optimal functionality.

Clearing Blocked Drains

We are often called to clear blocked strip drains, many home owners allow leaf debris and dirt to build up or they even sweep it into the drain channel thinking it will magically disappear. The dirt and debris builds up and when there is light rain it just forms mud and sludge that keeps building and building and eventually blocking the channel so that when there is heavy rain, the storm water has no where to flow away

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