There is nothing quite like watching a dramatic summer thunderstorm rolling across a Brisbane horizon. When that storm is followed by a downpour of rain, it’s an even more satisfying experience, especially if you’ve got a thirsty garden to water!
When heavy storms hit, you really need an adequate stormwater drainage system to direct that volume of water away from your property, house and outdoor entertaining areas. But if you find that’s just not happening, unfortunately, you may have a blocked stormwater drain. Here are some of our expert tips on stormwater drain clearance, that will ensure that you enjoy a summer season’s worth of rain, without worrying where it’s all flowing (or not!) to.
What Is Stormwater?
There are two categories of stormwater, stormwater from a building or structure and stormwater from overland flow, which is across the ground. Regardless of which is relevant to you, it’s essential that you manage water drainage responsibly on your property.
Stormwater and roof water essentially needs to drain to the kerb and channel, an inter-allotment roof water pipe system, a rubble pit, a Council-controlled drainage easement, a drainage reserve or a combination of these.
Stormwater from overland flow occurs when water flows between private properties and it usually happens when properties are sloping, and the water flows downwards to the lowest point. Property owners have to accept this as a natural occurrence, however, must also take reasonable steps to manage their runoff in a manner that allows neighbouring properties to enjoy the ‘normal’ use of their land.
Why Is It Important to Have a Good Stormwater Drainage System?
Flooding water can cause untold structural damage to both your home and the surrounding landscape, and stormwater that regularly collects near your walls can cause damage to your home’s foundations. Stormwater drains combined with clean, well-maintained stormwater pipes and gutters direct extra water away from your property and towards the street.
That’s why it’s important to have a good stormwater drainage system – it can save you the hassle and the expanse of having to pay for expensive foundation and building repairs in the future.
What are the Common Signs of a Blocked Stormwater Drain?
Blocked stormwater drains can be caused by any number of things, from mud and dirt through to leaves, tree roots and silt. All of these can enter your pipework and interrupt the water flow. If you suspect your stormwater drain might be blocked, there are a number of questions you can ask yourself that might help you get to the crux of the problem:
- Does water pour off my gutters during heavy rain?
- Are my gutters often backed up or overflowing?
- Are my stormwater drains regularly blocked?
- Are my stormwater drains draining slowly?
- Are the stormwater drains I have installed in concrete or pavers covered with sticks, grass clippings, leaves, chip bark or mulch?
How can I Prevent my Stormwater Drains from Becoming Blocked?
Having a preventative maintenance plan for your stormwater drains can help prevent or at least minimise damage. This can help keep your drains as clear as possible, and if done regularly, give you the best chance of avoiding a blockage.
- Check all of your stormwater drains weekly for a build-up of debris and remove it to prevent it from entering the stormwater drainage system.
- Once a month, check all of your downpipes and gutters and try to prevent any foreign objects (like building materials, tennis balls, stones, weeds, sticks, leaves, dirt or tree roots) from entering your drains.
- If there is a blockage, flushing it out with a hose may help.
- Once a year, have your drains water jetted by an expert to clear any debris.
- Consider having gutter guards, leaf diverters and/or filters on stormwater grates installed
You should also check your stormwater drain before storms, after storms or flooding (particularly on windy days), during autumn when trees and plants drop their leaves, and at the start and end of summer.
How Does What I Do Impact on Brisbane’s Larger Stormwater Drains?
Because of the heavy seasonal rain we often experience here in Brisbane, it’s vital that our suburbs have effective, functional stormwater drainage infrastructures. Many of us have seen the damage that a poorly functioning stormwater drain can have on homes, landscapes and entire suburbs, and that’s why it’s important that periodic maintenance is done on an ongoing basis to cope with the onset of one of southeast Queensland’s famously sudden downpours.
Across Brisbane, our stormwater drains collect rainwater from our gutters and roofs and from general run-off on roads and footpaths, and ensures that all of that water flows into the wider Brisbane stormwater drainage network. It ends up in our creeks, rivers and streams before reaching the ocean, but without a perfectly maintained and efficient stormwater drainage system, that simply wouldn’t happen.
How We Can Help Unblock Your Stormwater Drain
Due to the nature of the stormwater system, unblocking stormwater drains is not a quick, simple do-it-yourself project! Rather, it’s a task that should be carried out by a licensed professional.
Here at Yarrow Plumbing, we have over 30 years industry experience and are experts at stormwater drain clearance. We have a range of specialised equipment that enables us to address drain blockages efficiently, effectively and with minimal disturbance. With Yarrow Plumbing, you know that you are getting the best service for blocked drains Brisbane wide.
Concerned that your stormwater drain may be blocked? Contact Yarrow Plumbing today on (07) 3277 5742.