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A properly sloped floor is an imperative component of sanitary design and safety. Improperly sloped floors can result in poor draining and standing water, a safety hazard for personnel and a breeding ground for bacteria.

Designing and installing a sloped floor can be challenging. It is a labor intensive process that takes careful planning with an eye for detail and an ability to adapt on the fly. Our team of veteran Project Managers can draw on countless hours of experience to execute these projects successfully. They will evaluate your floor, present a strategy, and implement a solution to help get your floor back in service as quickly as possible.

Benefits of Sloping:

- Laser guided elevations are taken to create a slope independent of the existing slab

- Removes imperfections in floor profile

- Fixes problems with drainage

- Reduces harborage points for bacteria and microbes

- Protects and reinforces the subfloor

- Improves sanitation and cleanliness

- Eliminates pooling

after image of a properly sloped concrete floor, with a sanitary and professional finish for a food manufacturing plant
before and after images of the process of Indue installing industrial grade flooring in a food/beverage manufacturing plant

Sloping a floor is a solution for repairing floors and draining issues in industrial food and beverage manufacturing environments. When floors are not draining properly, water can begin to pool which can lead to dangerous bacterial harborage. Indue uses a multi-step process for sloping a floor. 


after image of a sloped floor in an industrial manufacturing plant, drains, high points, drainage zones, termination points, machines/obstructions
before image of a non-sloped floor in a manufacturing plant

Sloping Considerations

When planning a sloped floor with the standard 1/8" drop in elevation per lineal foot, it is important to consider the following: 

1. Drains

Set at proper height relative to the surrounding floor

2. High Points

Strategically placed between drains, walls, doorways and equipment

3. Drainage Zones

Designed to ensure most efficient drainage and eliminate pooling

4. Termination Points

Doorways, adjacent areas and drains affected during planning process

5. Machines/Obstructions

Ideal to remove or raise, make a plan on how to coat under / around and around machine legs

Sloping Solutions: Replacing Dairy Brick and Tile Systems

Many of the sloping projects we undertake involve the removal of brick or tile systems. The reason for this is that corrosive chemicals found in these processing environments eat away at grout lines, creating abscesses where bacteria collect and grow. If the grout deteriorates down to the tile bed, these chemicals and bacteria can spread beneath the tile. This creates a situation where bacterial growth can occur unnoticed and out of sight. The slab beneath the tile then gets exposed to harsh and corrosive chemicals and the concrete slab itself begins to deteriorate. 

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