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Tips on Caring for Your Residential Stormwater Drainage System

Stormwater drainage systems are designed to ensure fast and efficient exit of stormwater from properties in order to prevent flooding. But they require tender loving care to keep working well when the rainy spell sets in. If you're thinking of installing a stormwater drainage system on your residential property, you should know what to do to ensure it works properly in times of need. 

Here are some essential maintenance tips for your home's stormwater drainage system.

Keep Your Roof Clean

Roof drainage systems direct rain away from the foundation of the house, and they are usually connected to stormwater drainage systems. If you don't keep your roof surface clean, the dirt and debris that often collects on your roof over time may be directed into your stormwater drains along with the rainwater. This can contribute to overflow issues when it rains heavily. 

Keep Your Yard Clean

Yard debris can also wreak havoc in your stormwater drains during the rainy spell. Fallen leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and other types of yard waste can end up in your stormwater drainage system and cause serious problems. Keeping your yard spick and span will increase the aesthetics of your property, but also minimise the amount of waste that may go into your stormwater drains and pit.

Keep Your Driveway Clean

Paving contractors know that water is the biggest enemy of any paved surface. This explains why driveways typically feature a drainage system that directs stormwater away from the pavement. Keeping your driveway free of debris at all times allows unobstructed flow of stormwater, thus protecting your investment from water damage. 

Maintain the Drainage System Regularly 

Stormwater drains receive a lot of traffic during the rainy season, so it is important to arrange for regular cleaning of the drains before and during this time. While installing grates and other top covering for stormwater trenches can help protect your stormwater system from buildup of large debris, sediment and small debris may still enter the system through the small openings of the covering.

The sediment and small debris can accumulate over time and reduce your drainage system's water-carrying capacity. Regular cleaning of the drains will help remove any buildup that may enter your drainage system and cause clogging issues.

If you follow the above maintenance checklist, you should be able to enjoy efficient service from your stormwater drainage system. But in case you need more advice on how to care for your stormwater drainage system, don't hesitate to contact a stormwater drainage system contractor.