While the concept of drainage may seem simple, taking water you don't want out of the way, the reality is that choosing the right drainage solution for a given application can be very tricky business. There is much to consider and every project is different. Plumbing Engineer spoke recently with Bill Verdecchia, director of Product Management and Engineering at Zurn, to learn a bit more about the ins and outs of drainage design.
PE: Can you tell us a little about the types of drainage systems and solutions that Zurn offers?
BV: Zurn offers a complete line of point and linear drains for commercial, industrial and light commercial applications.
PE: What are some of the main questions and issues you hear from engineers and contractors regarding drainage?
BV: Contractors and engineers typically focus on two areas (1) the contractors explain that it is difficult with the tight timelines and other trades on jobsites to install drains properly and ensure they stay set throughout the concrete pour. Significant project delays occur if a drain is inadvertently moved and then encased in concrete. (2) Engineers typically focus on the application variety and properly identifying the best product for their customers. Some manufacturers address these applications by offering a “one size fits all” drain solution that falls short, leading to many long term issues ranging from “dishing,” or breaking drain tops, to pooling water.
PE: How does Zurn help address those issues?
BV: Zurn has maintained a complete line of drains to address the specific application need, and we have, and continue to work with contractors and engineers to design drain stabilizing products and post pour adjustable tops. The combination of these items reduce costs and time for our customers.
PE: Can you tell us about the new Light Commercial Modular Drainage system?
BV: The Zurn light commercial modular drain system was designed with distribution partners and contractors to provide a solution that was not previously addressed. Drain selection can happen quickly in the LC market, and when a distributor does not have the correct product in stock, sacrifices are made that one might not want to make. The modular concept allows a customer to build the correct features at the shelf - including post concrete pour adjustment. Distributors can also invest a reasonable amount of shelf space and money to carry approximately 50 parts that configure into over 6000 drain combinations. It’s a win for everyone and the drains were developed to exceed the industry performance standards.
PE: What sorts of developments and improvements do you see coming with drains in the future?
BV: I anticipate some very innovative drains in the next five years. Developments will likely align with aesthetics, installation solutions, and improved flow performance.
PE: Any particular design or installation trends you have had to respond to?
BV: Zurn has a diverse cataloged drain offering, but also provides custom drain solutions that allow us to see market trends before they are publically discussed. From this, we see an increase of architecturally inspired products and usage of linear drain.