Drainage Systems

Out buildings and animal facilities require sturdy trench drains that can handle the weight of heavy farming equipment as well as animal waste. Trench drains have become a standard for these types of buildings since dirt and other debris can accumulate quickly. The goal is to control the flow of waste water due to frequent hosing and cleaning of the floor.

Ductile or cast iron grating will withstand the heavy loads of tractors and hoofed animals. There are grating options that are safe for smaller animals too. For the most rugged trench drain applications, consider using cast iron frames to help increase the load capability of your drain.

Trench Drain Systems offers an extensive line of trench drain channels, grates and catch basins with grates in various load ratings, flow rates with livestock friendly options and channels that can handle capacities of 30 – 6,700 Gallons Per Minute.

3 Considerations

Flat or Sloped

What is the natural slope of the ground? If it’s flat, are there low lying areas? Knowing where storm water naturally flows is half the battle when planning out your drainage system.

Inside and Out

The type of drainage you need can vary based on whether you are looking at an out building for vehicles or diverting water nearby to ensure it doesn’t damage your structure. Contact our experts to help you determine the type of system you need.

Barn Usage

The type of trench drain system you need will depend on whether you’re housing animals and vehicles in your buildings. Some of the main factors to consider are weight loads, amount of runoff and if there will be any debris such as silt and animal waste.

Recommendations / Comparisons

Ulma U100KDura SlopePOLYCAST® 700
Traffic Rating:
Load Class A – C
Traffic Rating:
Load Class A – D
Traffic Rating:
Load Class D – F
Polymer Concrete with Galvanized Edging
Material: HDPEMaterial: Polymer Concrete
Length: 39.37″Length: 48″Length: 48″, 24″
ID: 3.94″ OD: 5.11″ ID: 4″ OD: 6″ID: 4″ OD: 6.25″
GPM: 154GPM: 396GPM: 470
Slope: 0.5%Slope: 0.7%Slope: 0.65%
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EconoDrain Trench Former3000 Series
Traffic Rating:
Load Class C – F
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Load Rating: B – F
Material: Poured ConcreteMaterial: Fiberglass
Length: 96″Length: 96″
ID: 4″, 6″, 8″, 12″ OD: 6″, 8″, 10″, 14″ID: 8.63″ OD: 8.88″
GPM: 86 – 3,918GPM: 3,000
Slope: 0.5%Slope: 0.5%, 0.75%, 1.0%, 1.25%
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Bill ShankSpoerr Precast Concrete Inc.

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Jennifer P.Steubenville, OH

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Dustin EnglandEngland Construction Tooele, UT
Kristie PohlmanFarm / Barn Drainage