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Drain covers are very heavy and difficult to open causing damage to the surroundings and workers’ health. A small UK company has patented and successfully launched a novel design so that no lifting is involved. Not only does it take out the risk of injury, it will pay for itself to the owner or property manager at the first time of use. Distributors are sought in EU and beyond with builders, construction and maintenance merchants, including a view to a licensing deal down the line.
Drain covers (including manhole covers) can be found everywhere. They provide access to plumbing and waterworks both indoors and outdoors. Often a version is used that is called a recessed drain cover. These are used where the cover is made undistinguishable from the rest of the floor or road or pavement. Basically, a metal rectangular box is used that is filled with cement, bricks etc. See Picture 1. There are cheaper plastic versions available but these don’t last very long.
A drain cover is a simple product but it causes huge problems. As they are not opened that often they have not been designed for easy opening. They are heavy, up to 64 kg, and they get stuck. It is estimated that in Britain, 40,000 cases of strained or pulled backs occur each year related to maintaining drains. Secondly, you have to lever them open and in the process the edge of the surrounding floor gets damaged. Tiles crack, cement crumbles etc. There are health and safety guidelines encouraging property managers to use more staff for the heavy work and take measures to avoid injuries. The guidelines are typically ignored, referring to increased costs. At the same time, the property manager does not have an overview of what the additional costs add up to, such as replacing the tiles and the floor around the drain cover.
A small UK business has now launched a completely new design of drain covers that takes out most of the cost and all of the pain associated with maintaining drains.
Picture 2 shows the recessed drain cover been lifted up with screws and rotated on a separate castor. The cover doesn’t get stuck and the surrounding edges don’t get damaged. One man does the job in minutes, guaranteed.
The novel drain cover costs slightly more than a conventional one but much-much less than a single callout to a property maintenance business to come and unblock your drain.
All the components for the high quality drain cover have been sourced in the EU and it’s made in Britain. 100% galvanized, it is estimated to last 80 years. There is a range of common dimensions available.
The UK company have successfully launched in this country and are now looking for distributors all over Europe (and beyond) amongst wholesalers and retailers to construction, building, and property maintenance. In case of very high growth, granting a license for manufacturing will be considered.
The new drain cover is opened without any lifting. This in turn means:
- Less manpower needed (own or hired);
- No need to repair the surrounding floor/pavement;
- No injuries.
Patent granted in the UK, rest of Europe expected to follow.
Wholesalers and retailers to construction, building, and property maintenance are sought worldwide.