Effects of Storm Drains Suffering From Buildup
A poorly maintained storm drain can cause a plethora of problems for the area surrounding the drain and the rest of the storm water management system. Blocked or slow-moving drains can cause multiple, sometimes long-lasting effects:
- Erosion from slow moving water surrounding the drain. A blocked drain can cause water to pool, seeping into the surrounding landscape. This pool often drags soil with it as it moves into the storm drain, causing erosion and bringing even more blockage-causing material into the drains with it. This sediment can build up in storm structures causing widespread issues.
- Overflows further down the storm water management system. One blocked or slow-moving drain can force others further downstream to take on more than their capacity. This overflow can set off a chain reaction, quickly overwhelming the entire storm water management system. Flash floods entirely caused by a clogged or slow-moving storm drain have been known to happen.
- Dangerous driving conditions. Water pooling around a storm drain is a hazard for anyone using the road. Hydroplaning, loss of traction, and poor visibility are all common issues.
- Flooding. As previously mentioned, flash floods can happen from poorly maintained storm water management systems. Slow moving storm drains can also cause small local floods. An overwhelmed storm drain can flood the surrounding area, contributing to…
- Property damage. Virtually any of the above effects will cause property damage at some point. Eroded landscaping, flooded homes, damaged vehicles, and damage to the storm water management system itself have all been known to happen.
How do you know it’s time to clean your drains?
Check your Stormwater Best Management Practices (BPM). Every storm water management system must adhere to and keep up to date with their specific storm water plan as outlined in your Best Management Practices. That includes being in good working condition, well maintained and functioning in accordance with their design. Keep your BPM on hand to tell you when it’s time to schedule a regular cleaning. Jet Blast® can fix or maintain your system for compliance.
If you aren’t sure what your BPM is, contact your county or your state’s Department of the Environment for help. County representatives from the Public Works Department can tell you what the mandates for your area are.
If you are seeing any serious pooling of water, damage to landscaping, or feel your storm system is moving slower than it should, call us and a professional will examine the system for you to see if there is any buildup or blockage causing the problem.
Call Us to Schedule a Stormwater Drain Cleaning
At Jet Blast®, we provide more than your typical free estimate. As part of every estimate, we ensure:
- One of our trained professionals will visit your job site.
- We take measurements and/or quantities needed to perform the work.
- We also take samples or material safety data sheets so we know exactly what we’re dealing with.
- We have a job discussion with you to ensure everyone is on the same page.
- You get a tailored proposal and job specific quote.
- We schedule services at your convenience.
- And we always arrive on time and complete the service. This is usually within 24 hours of your call for our clients in need of emergency service.
Need an emergency blockage cleaned up?
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