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What is a storm drain?
It is a type of drain that is an important part of your home’s drainage system. Storm drains prevent flooding and rainwater from accumulating on flat surfaces like your driveway to avoid costly water damage to your home’s foundation and other parts of the property.
Storm drains consist of an inlet that water drains into and a large metal grate which prevents foreign objects from clogging up the drain pipe.
Your storm drain is typically located at the edge of your property. You should be able to see the grate from the end of your driveway.
How does a storm drain work?
When it rains, water runs down the street into a storm drain. After that, the water is transported to a local waterway using a system of culverts, drainage ditches, and underground piping. Typically, the water goes to a pond, river, or creak, instead of a sewer treatment facility.
How do I know if my storm drain is clogged?
You may not know if your storm drain is clogged until a storm hits and you notice that it’s not working properly. However, you should have your drain inspected every so often to prevent future plumbing. If you notice an unusual amount of debris inside the drain, call your plumber to have them inspect it and make sure there are no serious problems.
How to maintain your storm drain
Making sure your storm drain works is easy. All you have to do is prevent debris from getting on or into it. You should also periodically inspect the piping for leaks, sediment buildup, or any other damage.
Why should you keep your storm drain clean?
Keeping debris off of your storm drain will help prevent flooding on and near your property. Flooding can cause a whole lot of problems to your foundation and can even come inside the house. Keeping storm drains clean will also help keep your neighbors’ properties safe.
Flooding is possible in periods of rough weather. A clean storm drain will help keep traffic moving smoothly as it will help prevent flooding from reaching the main roads. Flooding can also damage roads over time, so you’re helping keep local maintenance costs down.
Cleaning Storm Drains with Hydro Jetting
These drains need to be cleaned frequently, especially during periods of high rainfall. Routine cleaning will reduce the amount of debris in the drain system and wherever it drains. Hydro Jetting is an effective technique we use to clean storm drains. Hydrogetting uses high-pressurized water to scour pipes. We can jet through the thoughtest of clogs, including mud, leaves, and even branches and garbage so that your storm drain is free of debris and ready for service.
Hydro Jetting can only be performed by an experienced plumber as the highly pressurized water can be dangerous for those who don’t know what they’re doing.
Do you think your storm drain is clogged and want to prevent your property from flooding during the next storm? Call us today.