We all want to avoid flooding inside and around the house, so maintaining the stormwater drain is crucial.
Stormwater drains allow water to flow from the houses and roads into other water bodies, preventing water accumulation. If there are any problems with these drains, you could face flooding and damage to your property.
Now, taking care of stormwater drains also includes looking at downpipes and gutters in your house. If they are in good condition, the water that accumulates on the roof and sides of the house should flow away easily.
Some properties also have a grated drainage system if there is a large water flow. These stop big debris and wastes from entering the drains and then blocking them. We will talk about this in today’s guide, and you can keep reading to know more.
So, without further ado, dive in!
Common Problems With Stormwater Drains
This section will discuss the major issues leading to stormwater drains’ blockage. Maintaining stormwater drains should no longer be a problem if you take care of these issues.
1. Clogging Of Drains
Stormwater drains need to be maintained very frequently to function normally. They are generally very susceptible to getting clogged by leaves and twigs. If your area receives heavy rainfall, the drains are more likely to get blocked.
This would generally happen when the leaves flow along the water into the drains. But due to their large size and structure, these leaves and twigs can get stuck and prevent the water from flowing through. That would lead to water getting accumulated on roofs and causing damage to the tiles.
To prevent this from happening, ensure that you clean the drains regularly. You can choose to do the work or get plumbers to do it.
Also, check the roof drain pipes every week to see any blockage. You will need to go to the roof and pour some water into the pipe. See if it reaches the ground quickly and flows towards the stormwater drains.
2. Accumulation Of Dust
Another major issue with stormwater drains is the formation of silt beds on top of them. So, the dust accumulates on rooftops, mixes with the water and then flows down the gutter to the storm drain as silt.
The silt clogs the gutter and forms a bed for the growth of weeds. This can block a storm drain if you do not remove the silt immediately. That would mean going through the entire process of calling technicians and asking them to take all the mud and silt out.
Hence, we will recommend cleaning rooftops and terraces often.
3. Increase Or Decrease In The Ground Level
If there have been any changes made to the ground level of your house or the ones around you, that could affect the flow of water significantly. This involves the construction of new walls, filling holes with soil, and excavation.
These are potential reasons behind the ground level change, affecting the water’s direction after a heavy downpour.
Technically, the stormwater should be directed towards drains or points of discharge. If that changes, the water could flow into a neighbour’s property and create large-scale damage.
That’s why always consult the local authorities and tell them if you are constructing or excavating. They will guide you toward the steps that need to be taken to ensure the proper flow of water.
Also, you can hire trained plumbers to look into the issue and advise you before actually beginning the work. Remember that it is not legal to direct water onto someone else’s property, and you might have to pay a fine if you break that law.
Maintaining Your Stormwater Drain
We recommend getting your stormwater drains cleaned once or twice every year. There are trained plumbers and technicians who will use drain cleaning equipment to get this done. This generally involves high-pressure machines, cleaning up blockages and allowing debris to flow down.
You might need to repair damages inside the drain holes in some cases. To do this, plumbers might have to use machinery or go inside the holes to replace the damaged parts. Talk to your local community heads before taking care of this to help out.
What’s more, you can clean the top of the drain every once in a while when you see twigs and leaves accumulating on top. Daily cleaning will ensure that a massive pile of mess does not build on top of the grates. In this way, you might be able to protect them from large scale damages in the long run.
What Happens To Commercial Stormwater?
Commercial properties have different settings as they are more extensive. While an average house would only have limited water flowing down, commercial properties will have a vast roof.
That would mean the accumulation of a large amount of stormwater, and hence, there need to be enough drains to take care of them. Typically, companies have people keep checking these drains at intervals. Also, some industries collect the water and then reuse it. They have rainwater harvesting systems in place to collect and preserve the water.
In this case, stormwater holes are not very functional except for draining the water that directly falls on the ground.
If the company does not have a rainwater harvesting system in place, then remember that the water that flows into the drains can have a lot of contaminants. Industries use chemicals and other harmful ingredients like grit and oil that can affect the drain and its condition. Some companies have filtration systems that prevent contaminants from entering the water bodies.
If you want to install them, talk to the local authorities and get plumbers to do it. Also, constant maintenance is essential in case of a lot of rainfall as waterlogging in factories can cause large-scale damages to goods and the work process.
Looking After Your Stormwater Drain
Remember that stormwater drains can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and flies if you do not clean them regularly. These stay moist and humid most of the time, providing the right conditions for them to breed and grow.
Some people pour bleaching powder around these drains and regular storm water drain cleaning to prevent this from happening. You can talk to the local authorities and see if they can arrange for safeguarding all the drains in the area.
Remember that an area with a sound stormwater drainage system will always remain dry and safe during storms or heavy downpours. We will be wrapping up, and you can let us know about any further queries in the comment section below.
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