Home Flooding Can be Prevented With Outside Drain Maintenance
Here at The Twin Plumbers, we have been dispatched to many emergency calls
from homeowners calling in because their property is being flooded. One
of the reasons for this flooding is due to their outside drains overflowing,
often due to improper maintenance so that is what we’re here to
The rainy season is around the corner so we wanted to write this blog so
you may be prepared and aware. Remember, these drains are not in use on
a daily basis, but are so important in protecting properties,when a storm
or hard rain does comes in.
The purpose of an outside drain around a property is to direct the water
away from the home or building. Many people neglect keeping these drains
clean on a yearly basis, or are not educated as to the type of drains
that should be installed until the dreadful time of a hard rain comes
in and damages the property by massive water intrusion.We had a call last
year in the middle of the night during a hard storm where 5″ of
water covered the entire large master bedroom just because of an outside
area drain cover grill was to small and leaves covered the top not allowing
the water to flow down. When we arrived, all we did was clean the top
off and water immediately went down, so simple, but this caused so much
damage.If the right drain cover was initially installed, this would have
never happened, or if the property owner knew to remove the cover prior
to the rains, this would have never happened, saving thousands of dollars
in cost.Like the old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound
of cure” this is so true when it comes to area drains around your
property. Wwe believe here at The Twin Plumbers that a water hose should
be inserted and flushing should be performed semi annually and especially
right after a rain or storm. Drain covers should be big enough to allow
debris to flow through the drain cover , and the drain pipe system should
be large enough, as well as have adequate fall for great flow out to city
street or curb. If you have a pumping station, then it’s utterly
important to inspect it periodically to verify the functionality of it.
There are times that area drains are made of thin plastic piping,this type
of drainage piping allows root intrusion to gain access easily, when this
occurs and not dealt with, then nothing but trenching can remedy the situation.
There are several options if you catch it in time that can be done such
as Hydro jetting, root extraction, trenchless epoxy lining, pipe bursting
to name a few.
If your unsure of the condition of your drains, we highly recommend you
call a professional that has a drain camera to fully inspect the line
all the way to the end where the water finally discharges, to make sure
the pipe and fittings are intact, the lines are clean, and to educate
you on the location of the lines so you will have a good understanding
of the entire system underground.
Well, we hope this was helpful, if you have any other questions or concerns
please feel free to contact us anytime!