Drain Care Tips: Many Things To Know About Managing Storm Sewer Issues!

Drain Care Tips: Many Things To Know About Managing Storm Sewer Issues!

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

  1. Never dump yard waste, soil, or non-biodegradable trash into your residential and commercial storm drains.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Scheduling Repairs

  1. 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.
  2. Keep in mind to locate the damaged underground utility with pinpoint accuracy to avoid damaging a nearby utility pipe.
  3. Schedule repairs during a dry spell to allow the water-tight pipe cement to cure and seal the repair joints.

Preventative Maintenance

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

Please drop in for your free quotes on quality & affordable storm drain solutions. And if you happen to check our other services, feel free to have us over for a much-needed site-prep project!