Subject to where you are from, different countries have different terms for "storm drain".
Accordingly to Wikipedia, a storm drain is actually a tunnel that carry runoffs (rain) from urban areas. For a layman, it helps to think along the line of sewage system functions beneath our cities.
In america, this is often called "storm drain" or "storm sewer".
In the united kingdom, this is actually also known as "surface water drain" or "surface water sewer".
In Australia and New Zealand, it is best known "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", you now know they talk about 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 floor furnace grate 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 could be a hazard to pedestrians. Left uncovered, rubbish will enter the storm drains and cause choking which might eventually lead to flooding.
In order to ensure storm drains serve their purposes while minimizing the 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 industrial grating accomplish the two purposes.
At Jonite, we specialise in steel reinforced drain floor grate 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 essentially the same thing as the trench drain. In fact, there are numerous names including line drain, slot drain, linear drain or strip drain which all mean the same object.
A channel drain (trench drain) is a type of floor drain which has a channel shaped body recognized by its long length and narrow width.
Channel drains (trench drains) are often mistaken for french drains. Make sure you keep in mind that french drains are not the same as channel or trench drains.
With just about any drains, channel drains (trench drains) too demand 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' durability and strength and the magnificence of stone which is shower floor drain cover unmatched by another material you could find to construct channel (trench) grates.
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