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South Florida commercial property owners should prepare annually for the rain and hurricane seasons that typically run June through October. Proper planning also includes scheduling regular inspections and maintenance of your sewage and drainage system. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of regular drain inspections for your commercial property.
The Commercial Drainage System
A common drainage system used in commercial buildings is a trench drain. Other styles include the channel, linear, slot, or strip drains. These are specific types of systems which include a trough or channel-shaped designs that are used for the evacuation of surface water. You can identify these by the grating in interiors and exteriors of a commercial building; usually at a sloped area where water can flow. This type of system uses gravity to draw water into the drain and away from the building.
By the mid-20th century, slot drainage systems became popular after effective use in airports and in manufacturing sectors.
Trench drains are made of concrete with polymer or metal liners, which prevent tree root and debris penetration below the surface. The trench drain is long and narrow with a cross-section of the drain used to handle the volume of surface water. Trench channels can range from one inch to two feet in width, with a ground depth up to four feet.
Trench drains are commonly confused with French drains, which consist of pipe used to disperse groundwater. A slot drain can also be confused with the trench drain system, which consists of a thin neck or slotted drainpipe that opens at the surface with an opening that drains storm water away.
South Florida Building Code
The building commercial code for South Florida requires structures to have a drainage system that utilizes the following:
- Building Gravity: A system that evacuates water by gravity at a slope to the public sewer.
- Sanitary: A system that evacuates sewage, but excludes storm, surface or groundwater.
- Storm: A system that carries surface water and subsurface water away from the structure.
Hey! If you need assistance on upgrading or getting your drainage system up to compliance code, contact Art!
Commercial Drain Inspections
Drain inspections are beneficial because a well-maintained system can save you time and money on repairs and upgrades down the line. Art Rooter Sewer & Drain uses state-of-the-art equipment for commercial drain inspections and maintenance.
Art also specializes in video drain inspection for both residential and commercial clients. Using a high definition camera and light attached to a cable, inspections are thorough and efficient. Your inspector can easily identify blockages and determine what future maintenance work may be needed. Video diagnostics enable your inspector to source the problem without having to drill or dig into flooring or a lot area, unless it’s necessary to remove an obstruction.
Scheduling a drain system inspection prior to or at the on-set of the rainy season is highly recommended. Seasonal storms can be unpredictable, and you want to be sure your system is functioning properly.
If your building’s drainage system is in good shape and no obstructions are found, but you still have issues at the interior plumbing (slow drainage, gurgling water flow or backed-up toilets in restrooms), the issue could be at the sewer main. Art also offers sewer main line inspections for commercial property owners. We can diagnose if there is tree root, waste, or debris intrusion and offer a solution. They can also assist you in working with the public utility (and lower your cost, if any) to mitigate the problem.
Art Rooter Sewer & Drain, a division of the highly reputable Art Plumbing AC & Electric, is a family-owned business that has been serving South Florida for over 30 years. State licensed and certified, we pride ourselves on being able to solve your drainage system problem the first time, while saving you time and money in the process.
Art services clients in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. No drain inspection job is too big or too small! We encourage you to be well prepared for the rainy and hurricane season this year. Contact us to schedule an inspection today! We’re here to help.