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What is the NDS Mini Channel Drainage Series?

Introducing the Mini Channel Drainage system from NDS -- Whether you're a homeowner, landscaper, or builder, this modular drainage system is designed to provide you with the durability, stability, and customization options you need. Crafted from high-quality, lightweight high-density polyolefin, Mini Channel Drains from NDS feature a unique flying buttress design that offers superior support and stability on both sides and underneath the channel. Also with its exceptional chemical resistance, rust-proof construction, and UV-inhibited properties, you can rest assured that the NDS Mini Channel System will stand the test of time. Mini Channel Drains are incredibly easy to install. You simply cut the channel to your desired length and solvent weld it just like the step similar to gluing PVC fittings and pipe. Having a wide range of configuration options available, you can create custom drainage solutions that are tailored to your unique needs.

Applications For The NDS Mini Channel Drainage System

The NDS Mini Channel Drain system is an ideal solution for collecting and diverting water in various settings. With a versatile design and simple installation process, this drainage system offers the flexibility to fit any space. The NDS Mini Channel Drains are available in six-foot lengths (6'), but can be easily cut to meet the specific requirements of your project. This system offers a range of accessories and grates in various colors and styles, allowing for a customized design that matches your desired aesthetic. With its efficient water collection and diversion capabilities, the NDS Mini Channel Drain system is the perfect solution for your next drainage project. Recommended applications of the NDS Mini Channel Drain System include:

  • Patios: Keep your patio area dry and safe by installing the NDS Mini Channel Drainage system. This product collects and diverts water away from the area, preventing slips and falls.
  • Pools: Prevent water accumulation on your pool deck with the NDS Mini Channel Drainage system. This product prevents water from causing damage to the surrounding area.
  • Tennis Courts: The NDS Mini Channel Drain system is a reliable solution for tennis court drainage. It keeps the playing area dry and safe by effectively collecting water and preventing accidents.
  • Spas: Keep your spa area safe with the NDS Mini Channel Drainage system. This product collects water and prevents it from accumulating in the spa area -- ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience.
  • Decks: Collects water from rain and other sources, in which preventing it from seeping into the deck and causing damage.
  • Residential Hardscapes: The NDS Mini Channel Drainage system is an ideal solution for maintaining dry and safe outdoor spaces in residential hardscapes.

Product Features

  • A unique, innovative patented flying buttress design that provides enhanced structural support from both sides as well as the bottom.
  • Patented honeycomb walls with UV protection
  • Chemical resistance for longer lasting durability
  • Customizable colors and aesthetics to match any project

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I purchase NDS Mini Channel Drains and accessories?

Drainage Connect stocks all of the NDS Mini Channel products at an extremely low price. You can browse the entire NDS Mini Channel Drainage selection here.

What lengths are available?

The NDS Mini Channel Drains (NDS #500) are only available in 6’ (foot) sections here, which can be easily cut to accommodate any length. Mini Channel drain grates come in three foot sections, so two channel grates are required per drain. A 3 foot section with 2" bottom spigot is also available for users looking to divert water below. This channel section can be used in conjunction with the Mini Channel drains to create a complete drainage solution that effectively directs water away from your property.

What color grates are available?

The NDS Mini Channel grates are available in colors of white (NDS #540), gray (NDS #541), green (NDS #542), black (NDS #543), sand (NDS #544), and brick red (NDS #551) NDS Mini Channel Grates are also available in two decorative styles, botanical (NDS #554) and wavy (NDS #555).

NDS Mini Channel Color Assortment

Are metal drain grates available?

Yes, Cast Iron Grates, Satin brass and polished brass grates are available for the Mini Channel Drainage System

What is the load rating for NDS Mini Channel Drains?

Load ratings for a drainage system vary on the specific channel grate used. The Iron and injection molded PVC Mini Channel grates are Class B rated and capable of supporting automobiles, light trucks, and medium-duty pneumatic tires up to 175 PSI at speeds less than 20 mph. The Mini Channel Brass grates are Class A rated and capable of pedestrian traffic, bicycles, and wheelchairs up to 60 PSI. /p>

Does the Mini Channel Drain ship with any accessories?

The Mini Channel Drain does not ship with any accessories. Each channel drain will require fittings for each end, two-channel grates, and 8 screws (4 Per Grate), which may be found here

Can the Mini Channel Drainage System make bends?

Yes, the Mini Channel is eligible to make bends. NDS manufactures prefabricated 45 degree angles, 90-degree angles, and Tees. The Mini Channel drain can also be cut to any angle using a miter saw. Once you have cut the channel drain to your desired angle, glue the pieces together and secure the joint before encasing it in concrete.

How do I connect the channels together?

Mini Channel drains are connected together by using Mini Channel couplings.

How does the water drain out of the Mini Channel Drain?

Water can be drained from NDS Mini Channel drains in one of two ways: through the bottom of the channel or the ends. To drain the water from the end of an NDS Mini Channel drain, you will need a spigot end outlet adapter for 2" pipe. To allow water to be drained from the bottom of the channel, you will need a specialized piece of mini channel drain (NDS #550)

Do I need to worry about the expansion and contraction of the grates?

NDS recommends that 1/8" be left in between each channel grate to allow for any expansion or contraction that may occur.

NDS Mini Channel Grate Installation

How much water can the channel hold?

Mini Channel drains hold approximately the same amount of water as a 3" pipe of equivalent length.

How do I glue on the accessories?

PVC glue may be used to attach Mini Channel accessories to the drain itself.

Can I use rebar or any other method to stake the channel sections instead of the 6” channel installation stakes?

Yes. The recommended method to install the channel is to drive a piece of ½” or 5/8” piece of rebar into the ground in the trench. Then drill small holes in the bottom flange of the channel. Next, insert tie wire into the hole and twist it onto the rebar such that the top of the channel sits 1/8” below the finished edge of the concrete. Example Below:

NDS Mini Channel Rebar Installation Image

How are the grates connected to the channel?

The channel grates itself fit in the grooves within the Mini Channel drain. Four screws are required for each Mini Channel grate. Screws come at 50 per package and may be purchased here. The screws are stainless steel to decrease the amount of maintenance required.

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