How to Avoid Blocked Stormwater Drains

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How to Avoid Blocked Stormwater Drains

Stormwater drains manage heavy rain, keeping our homes safe from flooding. But when these systems are compromised, significant and costly damage can occur. Consequently, don’t postpone your drain cleaning, especially with the unpredictable weather patterns in recent times here in Coffs Harbour. So, let’s delve into the tell-tale signs, consequences and fixes for blocked stormwater drains.

Consequences of a Failing Stormwater System

If your stormwater pipes leak for prolonged periods, it can lead to dire issues such as:

  • Cracked or shifting walls due to destabilised foundations
  • Damaged plaster
  • Loose ceilings and tiles resulting from a compromised foundation system

Paying for major repairs such as underpinning or re-stumping your home can indeed be expensive.

The Working Principle of Stormwater Drains

Drains are designed to protect your property from water flooding. They achieve this by directing water away from your roof, driveways, and paved areas into local council drains. This runoff eventually makes its way to local bays and waterways, so remember to avoid introducing pollutants to the system.

Causes of Stormwater Drain Blockages

Multiple factors can block your stormwater system, including:

  • Cracked and broken pipes
  • Tree roots, which seek out moisture and can be a nightmare once inside your system
  • Odd objects such as toys or debris from roofs

Note that the sooner you address a blockage, the easier and cheaper it will be to fix.

Preventing Stormwater Damage

Think of regular maintenance as a safety harness. So, cleaning your gutters, roofs, and downpipes at least once per year can prevent objects and debris from getting into your drainage system. Also, sweep up any green waste regularly from your driveway and paved areas to prevent your drains from being blocked during the next big rain. Remember, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber if you notice unusual water buildup in your yard. The earlier you tackle the problem, the less damage will occur, and your wallet will thank you.

Unblocking Stormwater Drains

Professional plumbers can use multiple tools to unblock drains:

  • Hydro-Jetting: this method involves using high-pressure water to clean the inside of the pipe walls, effectively dealing with stubborn blockages.
  • Mechanical Sewer Machine (Sewer Snake): This device is efficient at retrieving items from drains and tackling robust blockages. It is often used in conjunction with Hydro-Jetting.
  • Excavation and Replacement: as a last resort, plumbers may have to replace damaged pipelines.

Lastly, a CCTV Drain Inspection can provide assurance that a system is running smoothly after it’s been cleared.

Final Thoughts

Stay prepared for the next storm in Coffs Harbour, and of course, schedule regular checkups. It’s your surest bet against the chaos of blocked stormwater drains.

Do you have a question about stormwater drains and maintenance? Feel free to get in touch with our team at New World Plumbing & Gas Fitting and explore our complete services.

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How to Avoid Blocked Stormwater Drains