When stormwater pipes break, or become blocked by tree roots, the problem can go undetected until heavy rainfall causes stormwater drains to overflow. Over time, if storm water is not able to drain properly, it can cause serious problems in your property.
WHAT CAUSES BLOCKED STORMWATER DRAINS?
One of the main culprits of blockages in your stormwater drains is tree root intrusion. Tree roots naturally seek out moisture in the ground – so, as soon as there is even a slight leak in your pipes, they can attract tree roots.
In the dry months, tree roots travel significant distance to reach a source of water. Come wet season, it’s often a surprise when stormwater pipes are blocked. For more information check out our blog: How to clear tree roots from your drain pipe.
Another common cause of stormwater pipe blockages is cracks and degraded pipes. When debris enters cracked pipes, it can easily catch and build up create a blockage.
4 QUICK TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR PIPES FOR STORM SEASON
When a storm hits, your partially blocked stormwater drains can quickly turn into a bigger problem and cause costly damage. Here are a few simple steps you can take to get your pipes shipshape and ready for the rain
1. CLEAR YOUR GUTTERS
Cleaning your gutters out is a step you can take right away to prevent your stormwater pipes from blocking up. By clearing out any leaves and debris from your gutter, water will be able to flow through more smoothly.
2. FLUSH OUT YOUR DRAINPIPES AND DRAINS
You can test out your pipes ahead of storm season by flushing them out with a hose. If the water is backing up or not flowing through smoothly out to the gutter, you may have a pipe blockage that needs addressing. When it comes to unblocking stormwater pipes, it might be time to call in a professional to check out your pipes with a CCTV camera so you can see the full extent of the problem.
3. CHECK YOUR PIPES FOR LEAKS OR BLOCKS
When your pipes crack, the jagged edges can catch debris that builds up over time to cause blockages – and, leaks can attract tree roots. By identifying and fixing your broken pipes ahead of storm season, you can avoid getting into strife with potential flooding or damage to your property. See how Nuflow repairs pipes with no digging.
4. CLEAN UP GARDEN DEBRIS
It’s a good idea to remove any leaves and twigs from the yard – especially in the areas around stormwater drain grates. This will help prevent your drains from clogging up with vegetation in heavy rainfall.
HOW NUFLOW PREPARES YOUR PIPES FOR STORM SEASON
We use a range of equipment and methods to get your pipes storm-ready.
1. CCTV DRAIN INSPECTION
With our high definition drain cameras, we can assess your drains to identify cracks, corrosion and tree root intrusion – all without needing to knock down walls or dig up your garden.
2. UNBLOCK & REPAIR
With our high pressure water jets and pipe relining technology, we’ll clear out any blockages and repair any breaks, with no digging and no fuss. Nuflow’s pipe relining solution is even stronger than brand new pipes, and prevents tree roots from penetrating.
3. QUALITY ASSESSMENT
When we’re done, we’ll check out your pipes again with our drain cameras to make sure everything is up to scratch. We’ll even share the before and after footage with you, so you can see the difference for yourself!
We’re here to help get your pipes sorted. Find your local Nuflow technicians today.