In a thunderstorm, stormwater drains on the kerbside take on huge volumes of water and prevent streets from flooding. When a stormwater drain becomes blocked, it can create chaos for the local area. Sometimes it cannot be helped – stormwater drains are prone to blocking after thunderstorms, especially if the storm has carried leaves and other debris into the drain. However, there are steps you can take to prevent problematic blockages.
One easy tactic is to clear out any noticeable debris by hand. If you see there are leaves or even rubbish building up near the drain entry, clear it away as soon as you can. It is better to put the matter in the bin before it ever has a chance to get washed down the drain and cause blockages. As trees shed their leaves in the autumn, you will need to be more vigilant about keeping your stormwater drains clear and even raking the nature strip if need be. Leaves tend to gather in gutters and drains, and this can happen at an alarming rate if your street has large, established tree coverage.
Leaves are not the only part of a tree that can wreak havoc with stormwater drains. You may be surprised to know that the roots are far more insidious. Tree roots seek out sources of water and nutrients, making a drain pipe the perfect home if they are able to find their way in. Old or damaged pipes are at risk of being taken over by rogue roots. When it comes to drain blockages, prevention is always better than cure – so start that prevention at the earliest stage by carefully considered which trees you can safely plant. Many tree varieties, including some that are popular in Australia, are noted for their ability to destroy drains underground. Do your research and stick to planting trees that are suitable for your property and drainage system.
Another tip to prevent stormwater drain blockages is to avoid using the drains to dispose of anything that is not water. Dirt, sticks, chemicals, and more are all commonly washed down stormwater drains, but it can be quite damaging over time. A common sense approach will help keep stormwater drains in good working condition.
When a stormwater drain becomes blocked, you will not know until it becomes a problem – and usually an inconvenient one. For this reason, it is best to do some regular preventative maintenance. An annual clean of your drain system is the ideal way to prevent stormwater drain blockages. This way you can rest easy when you see the storm clouds arriving. Additionally, the annual clear-out will prevent other emerging blockages in your system from becoming large enough to present an issue with your indoor plumbing.
Whether you are seeking preventative maintenance, or you need professional help to unblock a drain, Sydney Blocked Drains is here to help. You can call us on 1300 403 201 or leave a message through our contact form.