Standard floor drains are designed for simple drainage application. This means the amount of water expected to go down the drain is limited, and there's also little chance of anything other than water going down the drain. Even in some commercial settings, these floor drains can be adequate to meet some people's needs.
However, there are other cases where you'll need a solution that offers more and is able to handle more than a standard floor drain. This is where commercial floor drains become a useful feature to add to your building.
How High of Flow Rate is Required?
Think about the amount of water that will be going down your drain. In some cases, the amount of water will not be noticeable. However, if your building is something like a car wash or a busy commercial kitchen, you could have a large amount of water going down the drain every minute.
If the drain you have in your building is not designed to handle this amount of water, it will become a choke point. Soon enough, you'll have water pooling in parts of your floor as your drains struggle to drain it away fast enough.
What Liquids Are Going Down the Drain?
Whether it's a commercial kitchen or a heavy equipment shop, the main problem is likely to be liquids other than water going down the drain. In a car shop or heavy equipment shop, you may be dealing with transmission fluids, lubricating oils, etc. In a commercial kitchen, there will be fats and oils from different foods.
Standard drains are not designed to handle such liquids properly. If a standard drain is used, the oils or fats will quickly clog it, requiring frequent maintenance. A commercial drain that has the features to handle and separate these substances will be a better option.
How Many Drainage Points Are Needed?
Some commercial buildings may have well-spaced drainage points. This means that there are specific points in the building where water is likely to be drained. However, in other buildings, the drainage points may be less defined. If standard drains are used, water could pool in areas that aren't close enough to a drain. A commercial drain, such as a u-drain, might be a better option.
How Easy is Maintenance?
A standard drain in a commercial setting can be a nightmare to maintain. A commercial drain is likely to need less maintenance and will also have features that make it easier for these maintenance activities to take place.
For more information about commercial floor drains, contact a company like Sani-Floor.