We all want to avoid flooding inside and around the house, so maintaining the stormwater drain plays a crucial role in it.
Stormwater drains allow water to flow out from the houses and roads into other water bodies preventing the accumulation of water. 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 be able to flow away easily.
Some properties also have a grated drainage system if there is a large flow of water. These stop big debris and wastes from entering the drains and then blocking them. We will talk all 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 talk about the major issues that lead to the blockage of stormwater drains. If you take care of these issues, then maintaining stormwater drains should not be a problem anymore.
1. Clogging Of Drains
Stormwater drains need to be maintained very frequently if they are to function normally. They are generally very susceptible to getting clogged by leaves and twigs. If your area receives heavy rainfall, then there are greater chances of the drains getting blocked.
This would generally happen when the leaves flow along with the water into the drains. But due to their large size and structure, these leaves and twigs can get stuck and then 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 you can get plumbers to do it.
Also, check the roof drain pipes every week to see if there is any blockage. To do that, you will need to go to the roof and pour some water into the pipe. See if it reaches the ground easily and flows towards the stormwater drains.
2. Accumulation Of Dust
Another major issue that occurs 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 totally 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 change of the ground level, which could affect the direction in which the water flows after a heavy downpour.
Now 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 towards 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 will recommend that you get 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, which will clean up blockages and allow debris to flow down.
In some cases, you might need to repair damages that have occurred inside the drain holes. To do this, plumbers might have to use machinery or go inside the holes if possible to replace the damaged parts. Talk to your local community heads before taking care of this so that they can help out.
What’s more, you can clean the top of the drain every once in a while when you see that there are twigs and leaves accumulating on top. Daily cleaning will ensure that a huge 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 larger in size. While an average house would only have a limited amount of water flowing down, commercial properties are big and will have a huge roof area.
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 to 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.
Now, 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. So, some companies have filtration systems that prevent contaminants from entering the water bodies.
If you want to install them, then talk to the local authorities and get plumbers to do it for you. 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 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 good drainage system will always remain dry and safe during storms or heavy downpours. On this note, we will be wrapping up, and you can let us know about any further queries in the comment section below.
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