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Linear drains – Complete guide

WHAT IS A LINEAR DRAIN ?
If you thought the hype surrounding linear drains was slowing down, think again. Aquabocci has recently added the all new blade shower kit to its line up, taking its total to 9 products released from 2010 to 2019. 
With such an innovative approach the company is looking to ensure that the demand remains high with the continuous development of niche products.
Linear drains allow water to pass through the top opening or grate down into the PVC channel and then through an outlet which connects to the groundwork pipes below.
Included in the category of linear drains are slot drains as well as channel drains and threshold drains.
 
 
ADVANTAGES OF LINEAR DRAINS 
When the linear drain is installed you create 2 opportunities, increased flow rate and clean lines with no wedge tile cuts. Those opportunities became bigger when Aquabocci launched a range of profiles with 9 different widths and thicknesses.
Aside from the being available in various widths and thicknesses, the Aquabocci product range is now available in 4 standard colours, GT Silver, Titanium, Black and Champagne. This unique profile selection allows for total customisation with an off the shelf product.
 
The fact that you can slope your entire floor to a drain in any width and many colours is unique feature that adds a design element to the drainage category.
 
The collection also includes has a range of standard size spigot outlets and the Aquabocci Vulcan 360 Syphon / Trap which connect directly to all Aquabocci profiles.
 
To  further increase the flow rate, just add more spigots to the linear drain and your free to 
 
 
WHAT FLOW RATE IS REQUIRED FOR MY LINEAR DRAIN PROJECT?
We can start with the very important question of flow rate required. Lets say that you have a large outdoor area of 100sqm, you can install a linear drain with spigot outlets spaced 2 metres apart to increase the flow rate.
Aquabocci provides a range of spigot outlets from 50mm - 110mm that can be located anywhere along the channel.
Getting the flow rate right is a key element to any drainage design and must be the starting point for any project.
 
HOW DO I INSTALL AN EXTERNAL LINEAR DRAIN?
From swimming pools to flush threshold drains the installation process can vary from project to project.
Standard installation would include straight lengths which are joined using the aquabocci connectors. End caps should be installed at each end of the linear drain to stop the water flowing out. 
There can be multiple spigot outlets along a channel, ie:  A  10 lineal metre drain would typically have 5 spigot / outlets connected to the groundwork pipes.  Aquabocci spigot outlets can be attached anywhere along the channel and are available in a range of standard sizes that connect directly to the groundwork pipes below. 
 
HOW DO I INSTALL AN INTERNAL LINEAR DRAIN?
Aquabocci linear drains can be installed in any internal wet area.
For internal applications linear drains fall into 2 categories, wet rooms / shower areas which require a syphon / trap or non-wet rooms that only require a spigot outlet similar to an external installation. 
The first step is to attach the spigot outlet to the linear drain channel which will allow the water to drain into the groundwork pipes.
For wet room or shower area installations be sure to attach a syphon / trap to the spigot before you connect to the groundworks, this will stop odours from raising and is a requirement for UK and EU installations.
The Aquabocci Vulcan 360 Syphon / Trap connects directly to all Aquabocci products to create a wet room installation. The product can be swivelled in any direction which allows you to move it between timber joists and it can be attached anywhere along the channel.
 
Most importantly the Aquabocci Vulcan 360 Syphon / Trap  has a UK / EU certified 50mm seal depth.
 
STANDARD VS LINEAR DRAIN
A linear drain allows you to slope large format tiles directly to the drain without the need for any tiles cuts creating a modern clean look.
A standard drain requires you to cut the tiles in a triangle shape to create a bowl for the water to flow to the drain.
You can increase the flow rate of a linear drain by adding more spigot outlets to the PVC channel.
Standard drains only have one outlet so the only way to increase the flow rate is to add more standard drains which results in more wedge tile cuts.
 
HOW LONG CAN A LINEAR DRAIN BE?
Aquabocci fitting systems comprises straight lengths and corner pcs, connectors, end caps and spigot outlets.
Standard lengths of 1200mm and 2400mm easily connect to corner pcs using the connectors, so you can create any shape or length you desire.
Both end caps and joiners include screws and gaskets for fast assembly and end caps should be installed at the end of the linear drain to stop the water flowing out.
 
WHERE CAN A LINEAR DRAIN BE LOCATED?
Aquabocci products have been developed in 9 profiles from 22mm to 122mm deep allowing for installation in any location.
The products are most commonly used for Flush threshold drains, wet rooms, balconies and swimming pools.
CLEANING AND MAINTAINING LINEAR DRAINS 
The Aquabocci lifting tool allows the Aquabocci grates to be removed for maintenance and cleaning.
It is recommended that all Aquabocci products are maintained regularly especially in wet room applications.

For more information on Linear Drains contact us on:

020 3697 1252

salesuk@aquabocci.com


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