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Stormwater at home

November 20th, 2019

Stormwater is the water draining off an area from the rain that falls on the roof and land, and everything it carries with it. Soil, leaf litter and organic matter. It is an important part of a household plumbing system.

In residential areas stormwater is generated by rain runoff from roofs, roads, driveways, footpaths and other hard surfaces. The stormwater system is separate from the sewer system. 

A stormwater blockage can cause major issues and flooding in your home if stormwater points are not managed effectively. 

 

Common causes of stormwater blockages are:

  • Tree roots that have worked their way into pipes
  • Dirt, debris and leaves blocking drain points

 

How to prevent stormwater issues in your home

  • New homes are rarely built with enough surface water runoff points. It is a good idea to put in additional stormwater points before concreting
  • In older homes, stormwater wasn’t considered a high priority so in a lot of cases homes are not equipped with enough downpipes or with undersized piping
  • Get your roofs and gutters cleaned regularly
  • Install gutter guard on your roof gutters to prevent large objects or a build up of debris from blocking the drain points.

 

Rain during and after periods of intense drought like we are currently experiencing is always worse than it would usually be too because of the build up of dust, dirt and dead leaves and the run off is more intense as well.

And prevention is always better than cure…so if you have issues with areas flooding or puddling after rain, if you haven’t had your roofs cleaned for a while or your downpipes are not sufficient during heavy downpours, give us a call. We know a guy!



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