A Complete 2020 Guide on Slot Drains – What, Why, How
You may have heard about slot drains and wondered what they are actually and are they any different than regular trench drains.
In this article, we will answer any questions you might have about slot drains, including their advantages and what makes them different than other drainage systems out there.
Slot drains are basically trench drains – with a twist
Trench drains are a specific type of floor drains (channel drainage) which contain a channel- or through-shaped body used for quick evacuation of surface water, and containment of chemical spills or utility lines. They´re of long length and narrow width, usually made out of concrete.
30 years ago, they were the only option for a floor drain. An expensive option, requiring a lot of maintenance and not that effective in what they´re intended for – water drainage.
They had to be replaced by a more innovative solution
A slot drain consists of a drainage pipe with a thin neck (slot) and is another type of trench drains. It´s a water management system that includes a surface element and an underlying channel component but with two main differences:
- They are linear
- They are defined by a discrete slot without any kind of grating.
Therefore, they´ve become increasingly used in areas which require intense cleaning or which experience high and heavy traffic, both indoor and outdoor – car washes, garages, processing facilities, fire halls, shower rooms, landscaping...
So useful it had to be protected
Being the first to provide a pre-sloped, prefabricated drain system, slot drain was actually patented in 1988 under the name – can you guess? Slot Drain!
It´s advertised as an affordable and superior one-piece, built-in, sloped, open floor drain/surface drain system.