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Storm Drain Cleaning Keeps Your Drains Clear So Rain Won't Puddle Up On Your Property

by Glenda Perkins

As a business owner, you're responsible for keeping the storm drains clear on your property. It's a good idea to clean the drains every few years and when they get clogged. How often you need storm drain cleaning depends on how many trees are in the area and how much litter the drains accumulate from your parking lot. Here's a look at how you can keep your drains clear and how professional storm drain cleaning works.

Clean Grates Off After A Heavy Rain  

The tops of your storm drains may get covered in leaves after heavy rain. If the leaves block drainage, water might back up on your grounds or in your parking lot. For that reason, it's a good idea for your maintenance crew to clean off the top of the grates regularly and after heavy rain.

They can clean the leaves off manually, collect them, and put them in the trash to be hauled away. If you ever notice standing water on your property, check the drain to see if it is coated in wet leaves. If cleaning the leaves off doesn't get the drain working, call a storm drain cleaning company to help so you won't have standing water that takes up room in your parking lot.

Vacuum Out Debris

A storm drain cleaning company may have two ways to clean your drains. One uses a vacuum and the other uses a water jet. A large vacuum hose can be passed into the top of the drain to pull out leaves and trash. The grates on top of storm drains usually have fairly wide bars, so a lot of debris can accumulate on the top of a storm drain, especially if there are a lot of trees with pine needles or falling leaves nearby. The debris can be removed manually before a water jet is passed into the drain.

Clean The Drain With A Water Jet

The storm drain cleaning company may use a water jet to wash out the drain. A water jet is on a long hose that can be passed deep into the drain. The water that comes out is under pressure and strong enough to break up clogs and flush them through the drain. The jet cleans the sides of the drain at the same time.

When finished, all debris should be flushed out of the drain so the drain is clear and ready to start collecting water runoff and debris once again without backing up. However, it's important to remember that a storm drain can still back up when it's clean if the grate is coated in heavy, wet leaves so water can't drain inside.

Speak to a contractor to learn more about storm drain cleaning.