Storm drains prevent flooding and accumulation of water on flat surfaces. While a storm drain is a simple, non-conspicuous part of your home's drainage system, clogging in the drain can cause significant damage to your property and pose a health hazard. Regular cleaning and preventative maintenance can help prevent blockages in the drainage system and save you repair costs.
Here is a simple guide to storm drains to help you keep your drainage system in good working condition all year round.
What Causes Storm Drain Blockage?
Accumulation of leaves and debris is the most common cause of blocked storm drains, especially in autumn and spring. Drains close to large trees are also prone to blockage from the tree roots. Have your plumber check and clean the drain regularly, especially in mid-autumn. Also avoid dumping trash in your storm drains to prevent buildup that will result in a costly blockage.
A broken storm pipe can also hinder proper drainage flow and cause a blockage. Unlike debris build up, it is not easy to diagnose a broken storm pipe. But a professional plumber would be able to inspect a storm pipe for damages and repair the pipe.
Improper installation can also cause a blockage. A storm drain system may look simple, but installing it should never be a DIY project. A poorly installed storm drain cannot withstand heavy rains and storms. The results will be flooding and buildup of debris on your roof due to slow water flow. You must have a qualified plumber assess your house and home and install a storm drain system that matches your needs.
What to Do and Not Do When Your Storm Drain Blocks
Check if debris and leaves have blocked the drain. You could rake debris away on your own or call in a professional, especially if you live in an area prone to wildlife infestations such as snakes. Also do not attempt to clean a drainage system that smells of sewage, chemicals, or other suspicious odors. You also should never clean a drain during a storm.
Attempting to unclog a waterlogged drain can be dangerous because you cannot tell the source of the problem. A qualified drainage solutions provider will use equipment such as drain cameras to identify issues in submerged drains and provide appropriate solutions.
Even if you can identify a blockage, do not attempt to reach down to the drainage system if the blocking object is out of your reach. Call an expert.
How to Troubleshoot and Prevent Issues
Do not wait until your storm drain blocks and the house floods before calling in drainage specialists. Call your drainage solutions contractor and have them inspect your drainage system regularly. A well-experienced drainage expert can identify and resolve faulty drains before they escalate to major issues.
There are different types of storm drains, and only a qualified drainage solutions provider would be able to identify your type of drain and recommend the best solutions when there is trouble. Also, you need to know the size of the storm pipe, consider whether the drainage line has any curves or is linear, and know how to access the drainage line, which are often things that only an expert can do.
A storm drain that does not work as it should is not just a minor inconvenience; it can cause costly and even irreparable damages to your home. The repairs and damages can also be expensive, making it critical to only work with a professional to install, maintain, repair, and replace your storm drains to ensure they serve you well for a long time.
Contact Drainage Solutions for an initial consultation, expert advice, and professional services for storm drain–related challenges in Orlando Florida and the surrounding regions.