Solutions for Covering Gutters
The use of Gutter Covers reduces the probability of injury to the animal. For this reason Ridglan Animal Care Systems came up with a number of solutions for covering gutters. First of all, every run is different. The best solution for your facility depends on the nature of the drain or gutter. In like manner, every run has its own answer. Because there are no “standard” sizes, RACS offers different styles and solutions. Consequently, RACS Gutter Covers are manufactured to customer specifications. So depending on your gutter needs, we have a solution for you.
Cover Type A
The solutions shown below are used when the gutter is in the back of the run. If there is a ledge next to the wall for legs to rest on, consider Cover Type A. Under these circumstances, there are two solutions.
- Solution #1 is a cover that sits flush with the floor. In this case, rod spacers underneath the cover prevent it from shifting out of position.
- Solution #2 is a cover that rests on legs. With this in mind, at least two inches of space should be between the frame of the cover and the floor of the run. This makes it easy to rinse animal feces without having to remove or lift the gutter cover.
In fact, both solutions can be made just wide enough to cover the gutter or wide enough for a resting bench for the patient. This will provide a high, dry, and warm place to lie on.
Cover Type B
Some gutters are made with a small ledge about an inch down from the floor surface. In this case, the ledge was put there to support a gutter cover. In this circumstance the solution is simple. A piece of mesh is cut to fit in the available opening. No frame or legs are needed. This is convenient if the gutter is outside the run where people and animals are walking. Because the top of the Type B cover rests flush with the floor, tripping is prevented. If the gutter is extra wide or takes unusually heavy traffic, the Type B cover can also be made with a frame or support.
Cover Type C
The most common situation can be solved with Gutter Type C. The gutter is at the back of a run, and the rear of the gutter simply a continuation of the back wall. There is no ledge in the gutter to rest back legs of a bench type cover. Placing a gutter cover with legs into these gutters is not recommended. First of all, these gutters are sloped to enhance water and waste movement to a drain. Therefore, this creates an almost impossible task of varying leg lengths so the cover sits in the gutter properly. Secondly, legs in the gutter become dirty with waste and prevent the free flow of matter to the drain.
Our solution to this is a resting bench type gutter cover accompanied by two separate “J” hooks. Holes in the hooks allow them to be bolted into the back wall. The front legs of the Type C gutter cover sit on the run floor. The back of the gutter cover is supported by the wall mounted hooks. These covers can also be just wide enough to cover the gutter or made wider to provide a resting bench for the patient.
Ridglan Animal Care Systems has a solution to cover all styles of gutters. Our plastic coated gutter covers are manufactured to your specifications.
A salesperson is available to discuss your custom gutter covers. Ridglan Animal Care Systems office ours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Central Time. We are happy to not only discuss your facility requirements, but also provide a price quote.
To expedite the process, please have available the width and depth of the area you wish to cover. In addition, we will ask you what type of animals will be using the RACS and how the RACS flooring will be used in your facility. Call Toll Free! 800-338-3178
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