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Storm drain systems require maintenance and inspections

Underground storm water drainage pipes can benefit from cleaning, hydro jetting and video camera inspection

California’s storms and droughts have tested residential and commercial storm water drainage systems. During periods of heavy rainfall, stormwater runoff can overwhelm drainage systems and cause flooding, property damage and create safety issues.

Both homeowners and commercial property managers rely on the underground storm drainpipe systems beneath drain grates and grills in backyards, gardens and driveways. These storm drain systems keep yards and hardscapes from collecting pools and puddles of water during rainstorms.

A clogged storm water drain system occurs when an underground storm drain line gets blocked with mud, silt, soil or foreign objects. Older drainpipes can experience cracking, corrosion or movement.

Snaking or flushing a blocked drain line is sometimes all that’s needed. For greater peace of mind, hydrojetting and video camera inspection can identify and resolve problems that can lead to backyard flooding, soggy lawns or flooded carports, driveways and patios.

Hydro jetting can clear storm drains

Hydro jetting is a method of cleaning drainage pipes using high-pressure water jets. This can be used to remove blockages and buildup that can impede the flow of stormwater runoff and cause flooding or other problems related to poor drainage, such as softening the soil beneath foundations, creating moist nesting areas for insects or leading to water intrusion into basements.

By removing blockages in underground pipe systems, hydrojetting can improve a drainage system’s performance and help prevent future flooding. Hydro jetting is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective method of maintaining underground pipe systems. It does not require the use of harsh chemicals or digging up pipes, which can be expensive, disruptive and time-consuming.

By using hydro jetting, property owners and managers can maintain and improve their drainage systems without unnecessary disruption.

Video camera inspection provides visibility

Video camera inspection involves inserting a small camera into the drainage system to visually inspect its condition and locate the cause of a storm drain pipe blockage. This can help identify issues such as cracks, breaks or blockages in the drainage system that may be causing drainage problems. Once identified, these issues can be repaired, helping to prevent further flooding or drainage problems.

Video camera inspection is a technique used to visually inspect the condition of underground drainage pipes. It involves inserting a small camera into the pipes to capture real-time video footage of the inside of the pipes. The images are then analyzed to identify any issues that may be causing drainage problems, such as cracks, breaks, or blockages.

Once the issues are identified, they can be repaired as necessary to prevent further flooding or drainage problems. Repairing or replacing damaged pipes can also help to extend the lifespan of the drainage system and reduce the need for future repairs. The best way to do this without destroying hardscapes and landscaping is with no-dig TrenchFree™ trenchless technology offered to Drain&Water customers.

Video camera inspection is a valuable tool for maintaining and improving underground drainage systems. It allows property owners and managers to identify and address issues before they become critical and damage infrastructure. By investing in regular inspections and maintenance, property owners can help prevent costly repairs down the road and protect their properties from water damage caused by drainage problems.

Signs of a blocked drain pipe

Localized flooding or storm drain backup reveals itself when rain overwhelms the drainage system and a small lake starts to grow on a sidewalk, driveway, lawn, garden or patio. The first thing to check when there’s a clogged storm drain is whether the grate or grill is clogged with leaves. Sometimes, just removing the surface obstruction will solve the problem.

Often, however, the blockage is hidden underground, beneath plantings and hardscapes. If standing water remains, it may be time to call a specialist like Drain&Water, a San Jose-area based specialty plumbing firm with the knowledge, experience and advanced equipment needed to quickly identify and resolve underground plumbing problems—without guesswork that can waste time and money.

Misaligned storm drain pipe

Underground pipes are often installed in segments. Over time, shifting soil, tree roots or seismic activity can cause pipe sections to crack, shift or separate, sometimes resulting in a misaligned pipe joint. An offset joint will leak and has the potential to block your storm drain line as debris catches the lip of the offset joint and builds up. The best way to spot a disjointed or unaligned pipe joint is a video camera inspection.

Residential or commercial storm drain cleaning

Drain&Water has the specialized equipment and expertise to quickly assess storm drain conditions. Homeowners and commercial property managers look to Drain&Water’s experienced technicians to resolve problems—and most importantly, prevent future incidents.If you are concerned about a possible storm water drain blockage, call Drain&Water at 408.564.0580 or use our contact form to send us a message. We are based in San Jose and serve all of Santa Clara County—Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Morgan Hill and Gilroy—as well as neighboring Alameda County, San Mateo County, San Benito County, Santa Cruz County and Monterey County.