6 steps to keeping industrial storm drains clear
Storm drains helps prevent flooding to occur in key areas of industrial facilities. The effectiveness of storm drains depends on how unobstructed the drain is from materials that can cause blockages. As the owner or officer in charge of maintenance at your industrial facility, there are some simple steps that you can take to help keep your storm drains well-maintained and in perfect working order.
- Watch the weather. If the forecast is calling for heavy rain, be sure to inspect the storm drains before the inclement weather arrives. Look for any signs of blockages, such as leaves or sticks, and see that any debris that has collected on the grates is removed.
- Inspect after a storm. In addition to inspecting the storm drains prior to bad weather, you should also ensure that they are examined after heavy rains. If you see any indications of blockages inside of the drains, contact an industrial plumber for assistance to avoid any personal injury.
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- Make cleaning part of grounds maintenance. The area around the storm drains should be cleaned on a weekly basis. All debris should be removed from around the grates and on top of them. Avoid taking the grates off for cleaning – this should only be performed by an experienced industrial plumber.
- Schedule professional inspections. Have an industrial plumber inspect your storm drains at least twice a year. If you have experienced problems with plumbing in the past, you may wish to have the drains on a quarterly basis.
- Train staff on the importance of storm drains. Anyone who performs work around the exterior of your facility should receive training about the importance of caring for the storm drains. The training should emphasise that the storm drains should never be used as waste receptacles for liquids of any kind; only rainwater and natural runoff should be collected in the storm drains.
- Keep landscaping maintained and roof plumbing cleaned. Debris from landscaping, such as grass clippings and leaf litter, can easily clog storm drains. Landscapers or groundskeepers should be instructed to remove waste immediately instead of piling it along the edges of the property for later removal. Regularly cleaning downspouts and gutters can also reduce the amount of debris that ends up in your storm drains.
If you need assistance with storm drain maintenance, cleaning or inspections, Sydney Emergency Plumbing is ready to assist you. Contact us today on 1800 862 565 for a free quote.