Cloudburst-proof floor drainage systems

Both for public and above all private buildings drainage systems are no longer optional because the effects of climate change are clear for all to see. More and more often nowadays rain turns into violent storms, commonly known as “cloudbursts" (rainfall rate equal to or greater than 30 millimetres per hour or, according to other climatologists, 50 mm within two hours is a cloudburst). Then how to protect yourself? With drainage systems - channels and floor drains – which take surface water away from floors. Whether it is a newly built floor or a renovation work, to avoid basement flooding and mould growth in terraces it is crucial to bolster your home defense against rainwater, since the consequences of an incorrect design can seriously jeopardize the healthiness of living spaces.

Drainage systems for public buildings: a forward-looking choice.

Flooded streets, squares and parking lots, subway stations completely under water; the images we see more and more often on the news show us a urban fabric, in Italy but also abroad, unable to cope with climate madness. Meteorologists have declared that in 2020 in Italy there has been a 22% increase in "cloudbursts" which, from north to south, have so far caused more than sixty violent storms. If the arrival of a storm can be easily predicted today, knowing in advance how much rain will fall on the ground is still a dream. Yet, public buildings must absolutely be ready in order to prevent damage caused by extreme weather events. Many cities have already developed "climate change resilience plans" to determine how to best respond to these extreme weather events, such as cloudbursts, with appropriate drainage systems in public areas. And it is especially in public buildings that the choice of material used for drainage systems cannot be underestimated. Cast iron or galvanized steel may seem economic solutions, but it is just window-dressing: maintenance costs to correct signs of aging in the long term is something to consider. Stainless steel drainage system, on the other hand, are practically maintenance-free, thanks to their resistance to corrosion and durability.

Drainage systems for private buildings: prevention is better than cure.

We have said that knowing in advance how much rain will fall during the so-called "cloudbursts" is almost impossible. To prevent your house from flooding, however, a careful design is paramount when it comes to both rooms and structural components. If not even the choice of external paint can be taken lightly, let alone drainage systems that have the daring task of protecting your house from infiltration. A well-designed drainage system prevents those environments such as cellars, porticatos, garages and terraces that are naturally prone to water ingress from the risk of flooding. In conclusion: designing a floor with a proper drainage system is the only solution to protect your home. But even the most demanding aesthetes can breathe a sigh of relief: functionality and design are in perfect harmony. Indeed, the stainless steel drainage systems proposed by Inoxsystem® are not only the best on the market in terms of resistance and hygienic performance, but also know their stuff when it comes to design, adding a touch of modernity to your house.

The importance of the right slope for excellent drainage systems.

Given that drainage systems are the solution to remove surface water away, let us give you a warning: the correct positioning of the drainage channels is essential for performances always right up at the top. This rule applies to indoor environments, for example shower trays, as well as to outdoor environments in which drainage systems come into play to drain rainwater and also cleaning water. Incorrect positioning of drains can lead to infiltrations and so damage to structures or lower floors. In the planning stage is therefore necessary to check the area where the drainage system will be installed. Conduct a survey before commencing works is crucial in order to study the right slope of the floor that allows water to flow along the floor surface to the channels. This is important beacuse water stagnation provides the optimal conditions for bacterial growth and bad smell. Also, how can we create a fall along the channel towards the drain? Don't worry about that. Inoxsystem® drainage systems are designed with a built-in slope, generally 0.4%, more than enough for the drainage of water and liquids in general. In addition, Inoxsystem® can customize its products, for example channels with extra wide body, according to the specific project needs.

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