Storm drains are an enigma once buried on a site. That is partially because their plumbing exists entirely underground; the rest is the intricate plumbing layout that presents quite the repair & maintenance challenges. If any blockages or pipe damage occurs, it’s not apparent immediately, and most people would not even detect an issue until the damage or corrosion has progressed to a critical level.
Drainage is an essential aspect of site preparation at C&J Construction, and it is of the utmost importance that any arising issues in stormwater drainage be dealt with deftly.
Here are some tips on how to identify & schedule maintenance & repair for damaged storm drains.
Things To Consider
- Never dump yard waste, soil, or non-biodegradable trash into your residential and commercial storm drains.
- Buy a garden rake, and clear away any organic debris you see around drains. Since it’s autumn in Joliet, you are well familiar with how the leaves & sticks can accumulate inside the drains, clean them out if possible.
- Pavement drainage is only as good as the health of the storm grates; if they are blocked with weeds or leaves following a storm, localized flooding can result.
- Always have your trusted local storm sewer repair contractors conduct a yearly check on the drain lines for root infestation, corroded or damaged pipes, and blockages.
Potential Storm Sewer Issues
- Some people dump corrosive, non-biodegradable, and harmful substances down the drains. The garbage accumulates across the surface & subsurface grates and creates a blockage that can lead to a sewer backup.
- Storm drain pipes are lined with rubber to provide the pipe’s material (often porous concrete or metal) protection against seepage & corrosion. If this seal ruptures because of sharp floating debris, it can compromise the pipe’s integrity.
- A severe sign of underground storm drain pipe damage is the formation of a sinkhole on the surface. Most often, it manifests itself underneath the pavement and is known to cause bodily & property damage.
- Ensure your contractor is well versed in local requirements for storm drain repairs, such as the pipe diameter/length, the material used, the angle of the line, and access pipes before you schedule any repairs.
- Keep in mind to locate the damaged underground utility with pinpoint accuracy to avoid damaging a nearby utility pipe.
- Schedule repairs during a dry spell to allow the water-tight pipe cement to cure and seal the repair joints.
- Opt for French drains underneath your residential & commercial property during construction. These are perforated subsurface pipes buried under gravel & fed by stormwater and are ideal for site drainage.
- Corrugated drain lines are also ideal for replacing underground drains because their high-density plastic composition is very resistant to stress-induced damage, all the while being lightweight!
- PVC drain pipes are more suited to economic & small-scale residential & commercial drainage systems post-construction as they are easy to install and very water-tight.
We hope this has been an educational trip for you, but you can always call us in for a demonstration & repair session, two-in-one! C&J Construction has the benefit of extensive experience in construction, paving, and drains in many locations, but for your storm drain issues, we are right here in Joliet, IL.