Types of Floor Drains

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Floor drains are used to remove excess water from anywhere water may flow along the floor. Floor drains can vary greatly, both in terms of the material they are made from and their general design. Several different types of floor drains are available, intended for different types of settings/functionalities.

Steel, iron or high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are among the materials used for manufacturing floor drains. Steel floor drains are strong and difficult to break. Iron floor drain are even stronger and mostly used in industrial settings. HDPE floor drains are extremely durable and can withstand exposures to acid and high temperatures.

Following are some of the common types of floor drains mostly used in residential settings:

a) Shower room drains

Probably one of the most common types, shower drains come in various shapes such as squares, circules and rectangles. Shower drains usually comes with a collar around the bottom and a membrane to protect from water leakage.

b) Universal Floor Drains

These drains comes in shapes of square or circles. They have a much larger capacity and can be used in a shower as well as other finished floor areas

c) Indirect Waste Drains

Indirect waste drains are designed to connect to lines carrying waste material. These drains are very different from other types. In place of a grate, these drains have funnels which are either circular or oblong. The oblong funnel is intended to receive multiple waste lines.

c) Indirect Waste Drains

Indirect waste drains are designed to connect to lines carrying waste material. These drains are very different from other types. In place of a grate, these drains have funnels which are either circular or oblong. The oblong funnel is intended to receive multiple waste lines.

e) Flushing Rim Floor Drains

Flushing rim floor drains are used in institutional settings, where the floor drain is an important part of the cleaning process for the room. The interior of these drains is coated, so waste will not stick to it and another pipe is connected to the body of the drain which flushes water into it, to wash off any lingering waste.

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