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How to Unclog a Storm Drain

Storm drain systems are designed to move excess rain and ground water from paved streets, parking lots, sidewalks, and walking paths. These storm drains are usually fed by street gutters, which are often fed by water flow coming from guttering systems on both houses and commercial buildings. Some common pollutants found in storm drains include :

  • Trash and debris

  • Oil and grease

  • Antifreeze

  • Mineral deposits

  • Paints

  • Cleaners and solvents

  • Pesticides

  • Fertilizers

  • Tree roots

  • Animal waste

  • Detergents

  • Sediment

Storm drainage systems need to be cleaned regularly. While cleaning is necessary for all storm drain systems, there are limitations to what you can do without professional help. Here are a few steps you can take to unclog your storm drain :

Step 1 :

Sweep, rake or shovel away the leaves in your outside storm drain, and pile them away from the drain so they do not blow back in again.

Step 2 :

If you feel uncertain the drain is clogged pour a bit of water down the drain to make sure the debris flows properly.

Step 3 :

Use a plumber's snake or pressure hose to remove any remaining leaves or debris that you couldn't remove the first time. Make sure to pile up leaves and debris you collect away from the drain, so they don't flow back in.

Step 4 :

Test it again by pouring a bit more water down the drain to make sure it now drains properly.

Step 5 :

Call a professional to get help with stubborn drains that won't unclog through previous methods.

Step 6 :

Dispose of the leaves and debris you collected from the drain according to your municipality's regulations.

In Florida it rains quite frequently throughout the year so don't wait until your storm drains are causing flooding and possible damage to your property or building to call a professional. If you have questions about storm drain cleaning or are in need of a professional to clear a clogged sewer line or perform storm drain cleaning, give Cloud 9 Services, Inc. a call. We provide both residential and commercial storm drain cleaning services and will be happy to help you with all your storm drain cleaning needs.