- No one really thinks about storm water pipes and how they work until they block up and you have a flooding disaster.
- The best way to know you have a blockage problem in storm water is through observation. When you see the pooling of water or water running out of the downpipe connections this is an indicator to act.
- Don’t leave the issue until a major storm.
- Storm water usually will have some sort of buildup of sludge through leaves, sand and other debris washing into the system. This will usually happen through the changing of the seasons when leaves clog pipes and gutters. It’s a good idea to get gutters cleaned on a yearly basis, particularly if you have large over hanging trees on the property.
- Through the drier months tree roots can also grow through the pipework searching for moisture.
- Bad installations can also be a cause of blockage and pooling through back falling pipework or squashed drains that doesn’t allow water to flow away.
Storm water pipe is easily damaged or squashed by vehicles depending on its depth under the ground. The pipe has thinner walls and is of a lesser grade plastic to that of dwv sewer pipe.