Based on where you are from, different countries have different terms for "storm drain".
Accordingly to Wikipedia, a storm drain is essentially a tunnel that carry patio drain grate runoffs (rain) from urban areas. For a layman, it helps to think along the line of sewage system that operates beneath our cities.
In america, this is actually typically referred to as "storm drain" or "storm sewer".
In the UK, this is often called "surface water drain" or "surface water sewer".
In Australia and New Zealand, it is typically referred to as "stormwater drain".
And there you have it, the very next time you hear someone mentioning "storm drain", "storm sewer", "surface water drain","surface water sewer" and "stormwater drain", you now know they mean the exact 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 avoid flooding.
Although storm drains perform a amazing job of draining excess water from the urban areas, the inlets are grates for drains essentially pool drain grates openings where left uncovered can pose a danger to pedestrians. Left uncovered, rubbish outdoor drain grates will go into the storm drains and cause choking which may eventually cause flooding.
In order to guarantee storm drains serve their commercial floor drain grates purposes while minimizing the potential risks posed to pedestrians and to prevent choking of the drains, drain covers (gratings) are widely-used to cover the inlets (openings) of the storm drains to achieve two purposes.
At Jonite, we specialize in steel reinforced drain covers (gratings) that cover your storm drains while preserving the aesthetic areas of the architecture around the drain covers.
What is a channel drain?
A channel drain is basically exactly the same thing as the trench drain. In actual fact, you'll find names such as line drain, slot drain, linear drain or strip drain which all refer to exactly the same object.
A channel drain (trench drain) is a type of floor drain that has a channel shaped body identified by its long length and narrow width.
Channel drains (trench drains) are usually mistaken for french drains. Make sure you remember that french drains are not the same as channel or trench drains.
With almost any drains, channel drains (trench drains) too need a cover to serve as a safety precaution as well as to prevent large objects from entering the drains which cause choking.
At Jonite, we specialise in steel reinforced channel (trench) grates (channel / trench covers) that gives you with the best of steel in its' strength and durability also, the natural splendor of stone which is unmatched by another material you'll find to develop channel (trench) grates.
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