How to Maintain Your Stormwater Drain

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Published on 25 Aug 2023
Written by vitaladmin

Flooding issues caused by overloaded stormwater drains can be an all too common occurrence for those living in areas prone to consecutive rain. Poor management of one’s property can further exacerbate the already present risk, making it even more challenging to prevent damages from occurring to your home or property. Stormwater is essentially composed of rainwater that runs off impermeable surfaces such as roads, car parks, rooftops, and lawns, so what cannot enter the underground system flows overland across the landscape until reaching a watercourse. The onus then lies with property owners – keeping stormwater drains clear and unblocked needs to become part of their regular maintenance routine, as not taking precautions leaves them at greater risk of flooding and potentially costly repairs due to damage.

Common Stormwater Issues Property Owners May Face

Having a working stormwater drainage system is essential for keeping your property and surrounding areas safe. It consists of your drainage connecting to street gutters operated by your local council, and further into larger channels, creeks, and pipes – typically leading out to larger water systems. Unfortunately, the most common issue homeowners face is blockages in the drainage system. When it rains, the rainwater carries debris like soil, litter and organic matter; as well as harmful residuals such as oil from cars or fertilizers from gardens – all of which can cause water contamination if they reach water sources. To help prevent this, it’s important to have a correctly functioning stormwater drainage system to protect you as well as everyone around you.

Maintain Your Drain Grates on a Regular Basis

Keeping your stormwater drain grates clear of debris is essential to maintain an efficient and safe drainage system. Clogged grates can disrupt the free flow of water, which in turn can lead to flooding during storms. Additionally, clogs in your stormwater pipes can cause backups and overflows, leading to contamination of your local environment and waterways. To help prevent this problem, it’s a good idea to keep a strainer on top of the drains as a form of filtration – this prevents larger chunks, such as leaves and stones, from entering your sewer system and collecting wastewater. Furthermore, you should also make sure that your roof water drainage systems are regularly inspected for any build up or damage – from gutters and downpipes to stormwater inlet pits – so that all parts of the approved drainage system are functioning correctly.

Maintain, Manage and Clean Your Stormwater Drain

Keeping your drainage system healthy is essential in every property, not only to protect the environment but also to prevent flooding during heavy rain. Begin by refraining from dumping oil or any other contaminants down the drain as these can be carried into stormwater drainage systems and taint creeks and streams. Additionally, while some gardening such as leaves, branches and grass may seem harmless, do not throw them carelessly – this can clog your stormwater drain grates and therefore cause significant damage over time. Therefore, it is advised to arrange for regular cleaning services to collect these silt materials. Ultimately, by being mindful of your stormwater drains you will have peace of mind that you are looking after both your property and the environment around you.

How Can Our Plumbers Help You Fix Your Blocked Drains

We recommend having your stormwater drains and any drains around your property maintained by a qualified plumber regularly. We’re here to help you clean and main your drainage system and provide a $0 call-out fee for all your plumbing needs. We understand how important it is to respond to your inquiry quickly and effectively and that is why we will always respond to you within 60 minutes.

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