Residential sites have many applications where trench drains are useful. Some of the common applications such as pools and landscape areas are discussed in other sections in more detail.
One of the primary applications that we see trench drains used in residential applications is for driveway entrances, garage entrances, and sidewalk entrances where water is sheeting into the interior of the home, garage, or basement. Many of these areas will receive vehicular traffic, however, these are considered medium duty applications due to the low speed and infrequent loading as compared to commercial applications.
When designing one of these systems the key design issues are flow rate, debris, thermal cycles in an exterior environment, construct ability, and traffic type.