Linear Drain (Strip Drain) Installation process
If you’re considering installing a linear drain to complete your next bathroom, balcony, shower, or swimming pool project, read through the process below to give you an understanding of what’s involved. You may choose to hire a professional tiler and plumber to install your drain and complete your tiling work, or you can choose to do it yourself. Either way, get in touch with Strip Drains Sydney for advice and guidance on choosing your strip drain.
- Choose the look and location of your drain
There are four options to consider when deciding on the location of your drain. The drain can be installed floating, between two walls, along the entire length of a wall, or along a partial length of a wall. Depending on the look you’re wanting to achieve, and the layout of your bathroom, we can assist you in deciding the best location for your linear drain.
You can also choose between a stainless steel wedge wire drain (grate drain), or for a continuous look, you can choose a tile insert drain to conceal your linear drain and match your tile.
- Measure the height of the drain and location of the outlet
Your measurements need to include total depth of the drain area, including the tile thickness, any sealant and levelling layer. Then calculate the length of the strip drain and location of the drain outlet, using the diagram below as your guide:
Length (B) mm
Position Of The Outlet - Distance From Left End (C) mm
Outlet Centre Position - Distance From Bottom (D) mm
You’ll also need to consider the slope of your floor. A gradient of 1%-2% will ensure efficient water drainage.
- Install the drain
You’ll need a built-in set to position and support your linear drain. The built in set will allow you to adjust the height of the linear drain before the floor and tiles are laid.
- Connect the plumbing
The plumbing can now be connected to the drain outlet. There are several outlet diameter options to choose from, including 38mm, 50mm and 68.5mm.
- Complete the floor
Including sloping screed with a gradient of 1%-2%.
- Waterproof using a membrane and sealant
- Lay the tiles and seal the drain
When laying tiles, ensure a gap of 5mm remains around the linear drain to allow for sealant to be applied. Once the tiles are laid, insert the drain cover, or tile insert cover.