Have A Storm Drain On Your Property? Signs There Is A Blockage And How To Prevent This

8 March 2017
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If you have a storm drain on your property, you need to learn the signs that it is clogged, as well as how to prevent the clog from happening. Below is some more information about this, as well as what you can do if you do get a clog in your storm drain.

Signs the Storm Drain Is Clogged

If your storm water drain is clogged, you will see rain back up around it because the water cannot drain into it. If so, you will see water puddles build up outside the drain and other areas of overflowing water. If this water flows towards your home, it can damage the foundation, and if there are any cracks in the foundation the water can get into your basement.

Water can pool on your lawn in different areas if you have any low spots results. Each time it rains, mud would develop in these areas. The color of the grass may also change due to all the water. Over time, you will have soil erosion, which would result in the need of a landscape contractor to build the soil back up again.

Prevent Clogged Storm Drain

About once a week, check the storm drain for any debris that may be built up around it, such as leaves, small sticks, etc. If you do find debris, remove all of it. If you do not remove the leaves, over time they will break down turn into a material much like compost. Once this happens, this composted leaves will flow into the drain and cause a blockage.

Check your downspouts on your home to ensure they are not pointed in the direction of the storm drain. If so, each time it rains, leaves and other debris that flow through them from the gutters will flow to the storm drain. You should also make sure the gutters stay clear of debris, such as leaves. You could install a gutter guard to keep the leaves out.

The grates over storm drains are wide so debris can easily slip through. For this reason, install a filter over the grate to stop this debris from entering the drain.

Once a year, hire a plumber from a company like Backlund Plumbing to clean the storm drains. They have a hydro jet device that puts out a strong force of water to clear any blockages. The plumber can also come to your home quickly if you notice any of the signs above that your storm drain is clogged.