Out of sight, out of mind is the attitude adopted by most homeowners in relation to their property’s drainage system. Unfortunately, this attitude could come back to haunt you sooner than you might think.
Caring for your drainage system to keep it working efficiently isn’t difficult or time consuming. With the knowledge you’re about to receive, blocked drains should become a thing of the past.
What is a Storm Drain?
A storm drain is a grate on the road’s surface that allows excess water runoff to enter it, avoiding flooding of the road network and any adjacent land.
These grates lead into an extensive underground system of pipework which takes surface water out of the city and away for use elsewhere. The name comes from their use; collecting and disposing of storm water.
How Do They Become Blocked?
Storm drains can become blocked over time as it is difficult to prevent leaves and debris from entering the system. This debris can build up and reduce the effectiveness of a drains ability to do its job. Localised street flooding is a major hazard as you will probably be aware during periods of heavy rainfall.
Keep them Clean
It is your responsibility to make sure that you don’t intentionally pour or dispose of anything into a storm drain that shouldn’t be there. This is illegal in most areas and can land you with a fine.
Whilst not a requirement, we would suggest periodically sweeping up any leaves outside your property to reduce the risk of them entering the drainage system. Doing this regularly over the Autumn and Winter months can bring great benefits to the overall efficiency and performance of the drainage network underneath your home.
The Benefits to You
There are a whole host of benefits to responsible drainage management including;
- The prevention of structural damage to your property. Blocked drainage could lead to a dramatic increase in the amount of groundwater present surrounding your property. It is this groundwater that will directly contribute to increasing the risk of subsidence and damaging your properties foundation and local foul drainage network.
- It is common for storm water to carry organic waste collected from the off cuts derived from any gardening performed. This waste will eventually decompose and can cause the build-up of harmful gasses and odours. This gas has the potential to contaminate any nearby soil requiring expensive soil treatments to rectify.
Maintaining the drainage and sewer network surrounding your property should be your top priority. It will benefit not only yourself but those who live and use the roads around you. If you’re experiencing blocked drains in Melbourne and the surrounding areas, get in touch with a local drainage specialist who will be able to assist. These specialists will usually offer a 24 hour emergency call out in case the unexpected happens over night or out of hours and you require immediate assistance.
Some local authorities will often impose fines and penalties if they can deduce that a blocked storm drain was caused by unnecessary behaviour. Avoid this prospect and maintain your drains.