Based upon where you are from, different countries have different terms for "storm drain".
Accordingly to Wikipedia, a storm drain is basically a tunnel that carry runoffs (rain) from urban areas. For a layman, it helps to think along the line of sewage system that operates beneath our cities.
In the states, this is often called "storm drain" or "storm sewer".
In the UK, this is actually commonly known as "surface water drain" or "surface water sewer".
In Australia and New Zealand, it is popularly grate drains known as "stormwater drain".
And there you have it, next time you hear 6 drain cover someone mentioning "storm drain", "storm sewer", "surface water drain","surface water sewer" and "stormwater drain", congratulations, you floor grilles and registers know they mean 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 streams in order to avoid flooding.
Although storm drains do a amazing job of draining excess water from the urban areas, the inlets are essentially openings where left uncovered could be a danger to pedestrians. Left uncovered, rubbish will get into the storm drains and cause choking which might eventually lead to flooding.
To guarantee 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 accomplish the two purposes.
Over at Jonite, we specialize in steel reinforced drain covers (gratings) which 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 actually the same thing like floor grilles and registers a trench drain. The fact is, there are numerous names like line drain, slot drain, linear drain or strip drain which all mean the same thing object.
A channel drain (trench drain) is a kind of floor drain which has a channel shaped body recognized by its long length and narrow width.
Channel drains (trench drains) tend to be mistaken for french drains. It is important to be aware that french drains aren't the same as channel or trench drains.
With any type of drains, channel drains (trench drains) too demand a cover to serve as a safety precaution and to prevent large objects from entering the drains which cause choking.
At Jonite, we specialise in steel reinforced channel (trench) grates (channel / trench covers) which provides you with the best of steel in its' durability and strength and also the natural splendor of stone which is unmatched by another material you could find to develop channel (trench) grates.
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