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How to install an ACO drain

How to install an ACO drainInstalling ACO channel drainage is a very simple process. With our step-by-step guide below, anybody can do it with little to no experience. From A15 pedestrian channels up to the larger F900 drains, everything you need to learn how to install an ACO drain is below. ACO BrickSlot drains will be slightly different due to their thin slot orifice, so please contact our friendly advisers on 01752 692 221 for help with fitting.

How to install an ACO drain: step by step

Step 1: Prepare the area

Excavate a neat trench into which you will install the ACO drain. Fix a line along the length of the proposed channel run in order to determine the alignment and finished height.

Step 2: Lay a firm base

The type of material you need depends on the loading class of the ACO drain. If the ACO drain is for pedestrian traffic only, use a compacted fill along the base of the trench. However, a bed of good quality concrete is required if the ACO drain is in an area where there will also be vehicles.

Step 3: Prepare the ACO drain outlet

In order to allow connection to the drain pipe, cut out the preformed outlet. This is located in the base of the ACO drain channel.

Step 4: Assemble the components

Connect the channels together and fit the end caps on. This will need to be done before the assembly can be placed into the run.

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Step 5: Prepare for backfilling

Once the assembly has been connected, mask along the grates, ensuring it covers the entire length run. The ACO drain can then be lowered into the trench and sealed to the drainpipe before packing it to the correct level.

Step 6: Complete the installation

The ACO drain channel run will then need to be surrounded with either backfill or concrete, which needs to be finished 2–3mm above the grate. After this has been done, remove the grates, masking tape and debris from the channels and ensure that all outlets are clear. The grates can then be put back into place to complete the installation.

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If you would like any advice or assistance, call our drainage experts on 01752 692 221. Alternatively, use the live chat function in the bottom right-hand corner of our website.

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