Proper cleaning of storm drains can prevent home damage which may be caused by home flooding as well as street flooding. Storm drains provide outlets for rain and groundwater in order to prevent flooding in commercial and residential neighborhoods. When leaves, trash and debris are allowed to build up and settle in or around a storm drain it will result in a blockage. The blockage formed can lead to flooding.
When storm drains get clogged they can cause flooding in streets and homes resulting in property damages, safety hazards, and possible injuries. Home damage due to flooding can be interior, exterior or both. Exterior damage due to home flooding can be caused by floating trash and debris that may leave permanent damage to lawns, vehicles, gates and the exterior structures of homes. Interior damage due to home flooding can be caused by water leaks into a home that may destroy floors and furniture or cause mold growth or rotting of wood and interior materials. Another possible hazard caused by home flooding from clogged storm drains is the unsanitary damage from an overloaded sewer system. This may bring harmful bacteria or even raw sewage into the home that may be difficult to dispose.
While the possible damages that may be caused by clogged storm drains are severe, these hazards can be easily prevented through regular cleaning and inspection.
The easiest and quickest way to ensure clean storm drains is to clear away any leaves, trash, or debris that may gather on or around the entrance to a storm drain. Residents should be urged not to blow or sweep leaves into the streets. Make sure to properly bag and dispose trash, lawn waste and any other items that could cause a clogged storm drain. If done regularly, this can prevent an inordinate amount of buildup that normally requires more time and effort to clean.
Special considerations should be given prior to storms that are expected to bring heavy wind and precipitation. Ensuring a clear area around the storm drain is especially important prior to the occurrence of these events. When possible, all residents are urged to inspect their surrounding storm drains regularly to ensure rain and ground water is draining properly.
Storms drains must be free of leaves, trash and debris in order to function properly and drain excess rain and groundwater from city streets. Regular cleaning and inspection of storm drains can prevent home damage due to home flooding and street flooding caused by clogged storm drains.