Passing Inspections And Making Cleaning Easier With Floor Drain Sizing

Posted on: 31 October 2017

What do you need in a floor drain? If you answered "water" or "grease", great sass! But seriously, there's a lot more to choosing a floor drain than getting a basic circle with a grate on top. The shape, size, depth, and ease of access can change your floor drain management experience in more ways than you can imagine. From avoiding hours of sweating while struggling to remove a corroded, calcified drain or cringing as a contractor breaks yet another bracket while using power tools to clean up, here are a few benefits that come with picking specific features found in the newest, most sturdy floor drain systems. 

Modular Installation For Easier Management

The most basic types of floor drains are installed as a single unit, which must be installed in a floor and sealed with little opportunity for replacement. To add a new floor drain, that area of the floor needs to be torn apart and rebuilt.

A step up from this installation method would be to add a larger block of flooring that can be taken apart or worked on for removal. Unfortunately, this means that you may need to force additional damage to the block, which may mean full block removal. 

Modular insulation reduces the affected area even further. Create a set of tiles that are partitioned from the rest of the floor, and then install a modular drain frame and grate. The frame can be sized larger than standard drains and shrunk down with filler or an adapter to create a more customized fit. With quality materials, removing these modular drainage systems if you feel the need to upgrade can be less of a chore--and less of a construction horror.

Round Or Rectangular?

What's the point of having different drain types? Depending on how liquid flows in the room that needs draining and how you or your staff plans on cleaning up, there are a few different approaches to answering this question.

Either option is valid if your staff plans on sweeping water into the drain. For showering or washing areas such as communal showers, Turkish baths, Japanese-style onsen changing rooms, or steam rooms, you may want to use round drains to give a clear marker for where the drain is without forcing people to put their feet on something that feels different from the rest of the floor.

Rectangular or linear drains can catch more liquid across a wider area. Unless the entire room is designed to drain into one place by creating a slightly parabolic floor (a small curve that can guide water direction), cleaners will need to go in circles and potentially miss every attempt at getting some liquid into the drain.

Wider, linear drains can catch more liquid with a single sweep. Linear drains can also act as a partition if placed near a door, making it harder for water to enter a second room.

Safety first: make sure to add gripping material to drains near doors, or space them far enough away from the door that the first step won't be an unplanned change in texture to something more sheer or slippery.

Contact a commercial floor drain and floor troughs professional to discuss different ways to bring efficient water shedding management to your business.