Q.   Do I need to buy a catch basin?

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Although our drains can be designed without the need for a catch basin, they are definitely recommended. Catch basins and strainer baskets make the cleaning process simpler and more efficient by catching solid materials, as well as things that may have been accidentally lost in the drains such as keys or rings.

Q.   What is a grease interceptor?

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An oil or grease interceptor is used in floor drain systems to separate wastewater from oil before it reaches the sewer so that the oil doesn’t clog up the system. The difference between a grease interceptor and a grease trap is that grease interceptors can handle a much higher flow rate of wastewater.

Q.   Does my floor drain system need a strainer?

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Strainer baskets are always recommended to easily prevent any unwanted debris from entering the sewer system, which can cause solid build-up and costly clogs. We even offer locking strainer baskets to add another level of safety to your system.

Q.   How often should my floor drain catch basin be emptied?

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It all depends on use case, including amount of wastewater, amount of solid materials hitting the drains, and application. For instance, a food processing facility that performs frequent equipment wash-downs process will need to empty its production floor catch basins more frequently than its loading dock catch basins.

Q.   How long does it take to clean a slot drain?

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Cleaning your slot drain takes only minutes per 10-foot section of drain channel using the brush and paddle utensils. Cleaning is considerably faster if a Flush-Flo or other clean-in-place consideration has been installed in the drainage system.

Q.   What cleaning products are safe for a slot drain?

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Stainless steel drainage systems, such as the Slot Drain, are corrosion-resistant and compatible with any cleaning product. Fiberglass and galvanized steel drainage systems require cleaning products with moderate pH values (neither too acidic or too basic).

Q.   Does the slot drain come with everything I need to install it myself?

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Yes, slot drains will come with all the hardware needed for installation. The drain bodies come pre-assembled, reducing installation time. Wooden stakes are recommended for adding stability to the drain while pouring concrete, but these are not provided.

Q.   Who do I need to hire to install the slot drain system?

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To install your slot drain system, we generally recommend hiring a plumber and concrete contractor to ensure that installation goes smoothly from start to finish. However, our drains have also been used in DIY projects numerous times by those with a good working knowledge of the principles involved in installing our drainage systems.

Q.   How do I choose the right drain for landscape applications?

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To choose the right drain for landscaping applications, begin by asking yourself some questions about where the drain will be installed and how it will be used. Will there be heavy equipment or vehicles rolling over it? Will any harsh chemicals enter the drain, whether or intentionally or unintentionally? Where will the drain be located? What kind of flooring will be used (paving stones, stamped concrete)? Each question will help to determine the best product for your needs. If you are still unsure, contact our drainage consultants today.

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