Here we are, in a stormy season for Tennessee, where the winds and rainfall are vast, and tornado activity is high. This rainfall could cause some serious problems if you don’t have a storm drain, or if you have a clogged storm drain. If you don’t know already, a storm drain basically collects the rainwater from building up around your home. The buildup of water around your home may not be noticed until it is too late, and you’ve gone all season without checking for clogs in your storm drain.
As you know (and if you don’t, prepare to be informed), storm drains take water from roof gutters, grass and other areas where water might collect. Amid these areas are twigs, pebbles, leaves, paper, bottle caps, toys, you name it! Large materials, and a large amount of something small, can cause a disruption in the grating and block the flow of water. Should that happen, we’ve got a problem on our hands. Your storm drain can be severely affected, and you might need a professional plumber. If you’re in the middle Tennessee area, give Jack Ward & Sons a call at (615) 227-2811 so we can clean any part of the storm drain system for you.
Since these draining systems are known to funnel all things for the basin and let them out of the drainpipe, it is necessary to get professional help. It is important to have routine maintenance and get that storm drain checked regularly to make sure it is in good working condition.
Recognizing that your Storm Drain is Clogged
Obviously the first and foremost sign to your storm drain being clogged is an accumulation of water that isn’t normal. When this happens, it can be for a variety of reasons. One of them, as mentioned above, could be from natural debris being drug into the system. Things like leaves in the Fall can cause clogging, especially if you have oak trees, palm trees, magnolia, gum trees, and so on. Be sure to make sure that the area around your storm drain is free of any debris or contaminants.
Sometimes this natural debris can cause your drainpipe to break. Also, roots from the surrounding trees can grow inside the storm pipes and cause cracks,. This damage is not usually visible or easily noticeable.
As mentioned briefly, heavy rainfall can cause clogging due to the debris being drug into the storm drain. Many local homes have drainpipes that aren’t designed for heavy rainfall, and consequently, the drainpipes overflow. This can result in the buildup to collect on the roof of your home. Water will then begin to leak, and you will find dripping areas in your home’s ceiling. This added moisture can create many problems for the foundation and structure of your home.
If you find that there is an accumulation of water around your storm drains, or that you have some unusual leaking that might indicate your storm drains are clogged, you need a professional plumber to come check it out. Give us a call at Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing so we can fix all your plumbing problems!