Clearing Blocked Stormwater Drains

Stormwater is classed as all of the water that flows down our gutters, downpipes, driveways and streets and into the main council drain (in the road reserve) and any debris that flows with it. This water is then released into our lakes, harbours and oceans. People may often confuse stormwater systems with sewage systems. Our sewage pipes carry all of the water from our sinks, toilets and showers into the main sewage system where this water is then filtered and treated. Stormwater and sewage drainage systems are designed to keep our health and environment safe and contaminate free by preventing sewage or stormwater backing up into and around our properties.

Clearing Blocked Stormwater Drains

Do you have a blocked stormwater drain?

You will usually notice a problem with your stormwater drains during heavy rains and storms. Your stormwater systems should be able to handle any amount of increased water, but if there is a blockage or damage somewhere in the pipes then you will soon know about it.

Some common signs that you have a blocked stormwater drain;

  • Water pooling around your property
  • Surface grates are not clearing or becoming flooded in heavy rain
  • Water is coming out of the bottom of your downpipes, rather than being drained
  • Unusual sounds, like rushing water or gurgling, coming from your drains

What causes stormwater drains to become blocked?

There are varying factors that may cause your stormwater drains to become blocked the most common being;

  • Tree roots

    Tree roots cause up to 95% of blockages and damage to stormwater pipes.  Tree roots thrive in the moist conditions of the earth and are drawn towards the water and nutrients flowing through our pipes. Even the most miniscule, hair-like, root can infiltrate pipework and soon grow into a large mass as it mixes with other leaves and debris flowing through the drainage system.

  • Lack of maintenance

    It is important to keep your gutters and grates free of leaves and debris. If you have a gutter full of leaves these will be pushed into your drains and grates during heavy rain – quickly causing a blockage.

  • Incorrect Installation

    If your stormwater pipes have been installed by someone other than a professional, fully qualified plumber there is a major risk that they may be installed incorrectly, often with short cuts taken to try and save money. Tree roots will often penetrate through poorly installed joints or misaligned pipes and will continue to penetrate the pipework no matter how many times they are unblocked. The best option with incorrectly installed pipework is to have it replaced by a professional plumber.

  • Foreign Matter

    If foreign objects find their way into your drains or grates they may end up getting stuck and causing a blockage of your stormwater drainage system.

  • Broken Pipes

    If your stormwater pipes have been damaged or if they have collapsed your drainage system will quickly back up as the water is unable to flow as intended.

What should you do if you have a blocked stormwater drain?

If you notice that you have a blocked stormwater drain, you need a professional, fully trained plumber and there is no one better to call than the experts from Mr Emergency Plumbing. Mr Emergency Plumbing will send a fully licenced plumber to your location within an hour* in the case of an emergency. We are your local plumbing professionals covering all metropolitan areas of Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra and we guarantee a same day service and are available anytime of the day or night, every day of the year – including all public holidays. No drainage issue will have us beat and you can rely on a quality service that you can trust – first time, every time!

The best machine to use to unblock a stormwater drain is a hydro-jet drain machine. A hydro-jet is a trailer mounted, high water pressure pump that is inserted into your pipes and capable of delivering high flow bursts of water at up to 5000 psi. The hydro-jet will quickly and efficiently clears all blockages, including a stubborn mass of tree roots, and will also effectively clean the pipes in the process. The plumbers from Mr Emergency Plumbing are skilled in the use of hydro-jet machines, we do advise that in the case of a blocked stormwater drain that you request a hydro-jet be brought to your location; as they are trailer mounted they are not usually transported to every call out.  Requesting the hydro-jet in the first instance will save you time and money as our plumbers will not have to leave site to retrieve the machine.

Once the blockage has been cleared, our plumbers will utilize a CCTV drain camera that is inserted into your pipes sending a live video feed to a monitor allowing visualisation of your pipe interior to see if any damage has been caused from the blockage. If your pipes have been damaged it is imperative to have them repaired or replaced otherwise you will continue to experience long term problems of reoccurring blockages, which can cause significant damage to your property. Our expert plumbers will be able to provide you with an on-the-spot quote for any repairs or replacements required.

A blocked stormwater drain is considered an emergency, as the water eventually flows into our main waterways. If flooded stormwater is left pooling for too long it can become contaminated causing a major health risk to the public, marine life and our environment.

Act promptly in an emergency and you will save yourself money and limit potential damage to your home and surrounding property. Mr Emergency Plumbing offer a reliable, prompt, affordable and trusted service with customer satisfaction guaranteed.

There is no plumber better to call in an emergency than Mr Emergency Plumbing – our name says it all!

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