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Maintain Your Storm Drain to Protect Your Home

While we welcome the rain in Arizona, a heavy downfall can cause problems if you do not maintain your storm drains on your property.

Storm drains are essential to direct the flow of water that accumulates during rainfall; keeping it from flooding both your property and any adjacent areas. Maintaining your storm drains can protect your home and ensure excess water reaches the right destinations to prevent flooding in your neighborhood.

What Are Storm Drains?

Storm drains are a combination of systems that work together to handle heavy precipitation and keep it from flooding or pooling in areas where it can do damage. For residential properties, this starts with your home. The gutter system on your home collects the water runoff from the roof and whisks it down away from your foundation. This protects your roof and siding from water damage, but this is just the beginning of the storm drain system.

Both the gutters and the rest of your yard or property need somewhere to direct water during heavy rains. You may have a storm drain on your property that is a catch basin and has an underground pipe to lead to a municipal storm drain on the street. In some municipalities like Scottsdale, there are washes that run through adjacent properties to direct water and keep it from flooding homes and streets. Culverts and other channels are also all part of the community storm drainage system that all divert water away from homes and streets.

Storm drainage does not usually enter the sewer system. Water runoff is directed to a drainage area and allowed to absorb back into the soil unfiltered. This system is separate from sewage drains but can become clogged and backed up like a sewer line. The difference is the water will accumulate around the outside of your home, not back up into your home’s plumbing. Both types of backups can cause damage—sewer backups are internal, while storm drain backups can damage the exterior of your home.

Drainage Damage to Your Home

If storm drains are not kept functioning correctly, you can have severe damage to your home. When water accumulates in your yard and around your foundation, you can have thousands of dollars of damage occur in a short period of time. Some of the damages caused by poor storm drainage include:

  • Ruined landscaping
  • Basement flooding
  • Settlement of foundation
  • Erosion
  • Water and mold damage in your home
  • Roof and structural damage from gutter backups

Considering your home is one of the biggest investments you will make, it is desirable to ensure it is protected from damage. Maintaining your storm drains is essential and should be a top priority.

Storm Drain Maintenance

Starting with your gutter system and working down to storm drains and washes on your property, you need to keep the system open. Gutters can become clogged with needles, leaves, and debris, causing the water to overflow. This can cause water damage to your roof and siding, as well as allow water to collect around your foundation. Cleaning your gutters in the spring and late fall can help ensure runoff flows down the system and toward the larger storm drain, is necessary for maintenance.

Like the gutters, storm drains and washes need to be cleaned and kept free from clogging. Even if the storm drain is created by the municipality like community washes, it is usually the homeowner’s responsibility to maintain the wash on their property. To avoid backups and clogs in the system, storm drains should be regularly cleaned and maintained, including:

  • Removing all trash, leaves, debris, and sediment
  • Clear away vegetation that can clog or choke the drainage system
  • Keep structures away from drainage areas—do not build a wall or fence over a wash or channel that could cause an obstruction

You can rake away leaves and debris after storms to keep them from causing issues in your storm drains. However, if the debris goes down into an underground drainage system and causes a clog, you may need to hire a plumber.

Storm Drain Maintenance and Repairs in Arizona

If you notice pooling in your yard or around your storm drain, you may have an underground drain pipe that is clogged. Before water ruins your yard or damages your home, give our team a call at Mason Mechanical. We offer full inspections of your plumbing, sewer, and drainage system; using camera explorations to identify clog or repair problems underground. If there is a clog or other issues in your storm drain or sewer line, we can remove the clog or repair the pipe to remedy the issue. For ongoing maintenance, we offer high pressure jetting to clear out debris from your sewer lines and storm drains. Contact us today to schedule your storm drain inspection, repair, or maintenance.