Subject to where you are from, different countries have different terms for "storm drain".
Accordingly to Wikipedia, a storm drain is basically a tunnel that carry runoffs (rain) from urban areas. For a layman, it helps to think along the line of sewage system that operates beneath our stormwater drain covers cities.
In the states, this is commonly known as "storm drain" or "storm sewer".
In great britan, this is actually commonly known as "surface water drain" or "surface water sewer".
In Australia and New storm drains Zealand, it is also known as "stormwater drain".
And there you have it, next time you hear someone mentioning "storm drain", "storm sewer", "surface water drain","surface water sewer" and "stormwater drain", congratulations, you know they mention exactly the same thing.
Functions of storm drain include draining excess water (rain or storm water) and ground water from pavement, streets and carparks into rivers and streams to prevent flooding.
Although storm drains accomplish a amazing job of draining excess water from the urban areas, the inlets are essentially openings where left uncovered can pose a hazard to pedestrians. Left uncovered, rubbish will go into the storm drains and cause choking which may eventually end up with flooding.
To guarantee storm drains serve their purposes while minimizing the potential risks posed to floor grill pedestrians and to prevent choking of the drains, drain covers (gratings) are employed to cover the inlets (openings) of the storm drains to achieve two purposes.
Over at Jonite, we specialize in steel reinforced drain covers (gratings) that cover your storm drains while preserving the aesthetic components of the architecture around the drain covers.
What is a channel drain?
A channel drain is basically the same thing as a trench drain. In actual trench grating fact, there are several names for example line drain, slot drain, linear drain or strip drain which all refer to the exact same object.
A channel drain (trench drain) is a type of floor drain that has a channel shaped body recognized by its long length and narrow width.
Channel drains (trench drains) are generally mistaken for french drains. It is advisable to note that french drains aren't the same as channel or trench drains.
With almost any drains, channel drains (trench drains) too require a cover to serve as a safety precaution as well as to prevent large objects from entering the drains which cause choking.
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