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July 2019 | Tuesday 09:16

Drainage Solutions for Domestic, Commercial, and Industrial Use

 

Wherever we may have a need to utilise water or where it enters our personal environment of its own accord, there will invariably be a parallel need for some form of drainage solution. From the rain that falls on our roofs and driveways to the wastewater produced in our homes, commercial kitchens, and factories, it is important to conserve as much of this liquid as we possibly can and to render it suitable for further use.

Since the dawn of time, nature has performed this function unassisted, evaporating water from seas and lakes to form clouds which, once saturated, precipitate their purified content on land where it permeates through the soil to accumulate in the underground aquifers we now access with wells and boreholes. Today, however, nature needs help to keep up with the huge demand for this natural resource and that help begins with efficient drainage solutions.

On the streets of our towns and cities, stormwater drains are there to collect rainwater and we can install more compact units on roofs and balconies or in the ground on which our homes are built in order to prevent flooding and to ensure it is returned to the nation’s municipalities for recycling into potable water. In the home itself, the showers we use to cleanse our bodies account for a significant portion of domestic use and, here also, there is a need for reliable drainage solutions.

While the average household can use a substantial quantity of water, it does not approach the kind of volumes consumed daily for commercial and industrial purposes. In addition, in such environments, the incidence of spillage, both accidental and intentional, is certain to be far higher than in the home. Take, for example, a typical commercial kitchen used for the manufacture of processed foods. Cooking will often be performed in large vats of which there may be several installed in a single room. In order to deal with discarded liquids, more elaborate drainage solutions consisting of floor channels, particle traps, and, where appropriate, some means to retain oils and grease in order to prevent the blockage of sewer pipes, will be required.

This need is not limited to land-based installations, however. Aboard a cruise liner, for example, the importance of disposing of excess water is fairly obvious. In addition to the basic cabin and galley requirements, installations can also be complicated by the fact that much of the liquid to be handled is seawater which causes corrosion. This is an important consideration for manufacturers when designing marine drainage solutions. Another consideration is the type of floor which, below decks, might be tiled, wooden, vinyl, or resin, while decks are commonly aluminium, steel, or an alloy.

For most purposes, stainless steel will be the material of choice for surface-mounted grills and channels and will also be used for pipes, junctions, and other accessories that might be required as part of an installation. Whether for home, commercial, industrial, or marine use, a high-quality product that is robust yet simple to install and maintain will be essential. In South Africa, these qualities are assured when purchasing drainage solutions and other products from Pescatech.

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