Storm drain systems are designed to move excess rain and ground water from paved streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and walking paths. These storm drains are usually fed by street gutters, which are often fed by excess water flow coming from guttering systems on both houses and commercial buildings. Some common pollutants found in storm drains include:
- trash and debris
- oil and grease
- mineral deposits
- cleaners and solvents
- tree roots
- animal waste
Storm water drainage systems need to be cleaned regularly. While cleaning is necessary for all storm drain systems, there are limitations. Here are five things to know about storm drain cleaning:
- Clogged drains can cause an overflow of water, leading to increased erosion and dangerous driving conditions. Areas with relatively flat grades or low water flow often require special attention as they rarely achieve high enough water flows to flush themselves.
- Cleaning storm drains by flushing is more successful for pipes smaller than 36 inches in diameter. A water source is necessary for cleaning.
- Since storm drainage systems direct rain water into sources of fresh water such as lakes and rivers, it is important to use environmentally safe products to clean the storm drains in these drainage systems.
- The efficiency of storm system flushing decreases when the length of sewer line being cleaned exceeds 700 feet.
- High-pressure water jetting or hydrojetting is one of the most effective ways to clean storm drains and clear away debris and buildup. Jim Dandy offers a wide range of residential and commercial services that are augmented by our large inventory of cutting edge equipment and tools.
Storm season is upon us. Do not wait until your storm drains are causing flooding and possible damage to your property or building to call a professional. If you have questions about storm drain cleaning or are in need of a professional to clear a clogged sewer line or perform storm drain cleaning, give Jim Dandy a call. We provide both residential and commercial drain cleaning services, and will be happy to help you determine which one of our services will best meet your needs. It is Jim Dandy to the rescue at (206) 966-4548 . Give us a call today!