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How to Clean a Storm Drain


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Common Causes of Clogged Storm Drain :


Because storm drains carry water from such things such as roof gutters, standing water in grassy areas, and other places on the exterior of a residential or commercial property, many things can get into the storm drain. Leaves, twigs, pebbles, soil, paper good, and the like can get washed through the grating of a storm drain and potentially plug up the outlet pipe, or actually fill up the catch basin itself. Once the storm drain has been filled by these foreign objects and debris, this causes the storm drain to no longer be able to flow correctly and starts pooling water on the side of the street or parking lot. The storm drain system will then need to be cleaned out to restore proper flow.


While this is a problem that needs to fixed promptly, these types of clogs are common because of the nature of the outside environment it's in. That's why it's best practice to get these systems cleaned at least once a year if not more depending on the amount of clogging potential it has.



Storm Drain Cleaning Process :


How to clean a storm drain is a common concern among property owners. Our team at Cloud 9 Services recommends cleaning a storm drain at least twice a year. Routine maintenance of a storm drain will keep your system draining properly and effective all year round.

If a storm drain stops working, the area is at risk for a potential flood. A storm drain system needs to be working properly at all times in order to ensure a proper flow and to accommodate all the water. A functioning storm drain is essential for every home, building or property.

When our team gets a call for a storm drain cleaning, they follow these steps:

  • When the jet vac operator arrives at the job site, he first evaluates the system and figures out the drain point to see where to begin cleaning first.

  • Open and close manhole covers and gates to access the structure/pipes that need to be cleaned.

  • Technician uses the jet vac truck to clean and hydro jet the structure and pipes. This step removes the sand, trash, debris and water from the system.

  • Debris is then dumped at an approved disposal site.


If you are in need of a storm drain cleaning service or in need of more information please contact us, 407-481-2750, and one of our storm drain cleaning contractors would be happy to assist you.



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