Flooding in your stormwater system is more than just a headache – it’s a serious problem. It can cause interruptions for your business, have major impacts on your property and neighboring properties, and cost you a lot of money.
Flooding is usually caused by one of the following reasons:
An obstruction from excessive sediment, debris, trash, or tree roots
Obstructions are a common culprit of flooding in stormwater systems. As you might expect, this is much more common during the rainy season. Most of the time, clearing the blockage will fix the problem.
Sometimes tree roots will break through the pipes and cause a significant obstruction. This isn’t always obvious from the surface, and it may require a contractor sending a camera through the pipes to identify the blockage.
Flooding in the sump pump
A sump pump is responsible for pumping water out of low-lying parts of the property so that it can be dealt with by other parts of the stormwater system. If your sump pump gets clogged or stops functioning properly, then flooding could occur.
Poor site design
Certain sites are more susceptible to flooding than others. Loading docks are an unfortunate example of this. The debris, trash, and road grime from delivery trucks creates an optimal environment for flooding.
Temporary fabric filters left after construction
If your site is under construction or has recently been under construction, fabric filters are most likely in place within your storm drain to collect sediment, trash, debris and any other construction-based discharges. These are helpful during a construction project, but are not equipped to handle large rain events. Sometimes, these filters will be left in drains even after construction and can cause flooding after a large rain event.
Neglected maintenance on your stormwater device
There are many types of vaults, devices and treatment measures designed to filter stormwater. All stormwater devices require some degree of maintenance to remove sediment and debris and keep them working in good condition. Failure to perform proper maintenance can result in blockage and eventually flooding.
As a preventative maintenance service, SWIMS does everything in our power to keep your stormwater system functioning to the best of its ability. Our flood prevention methods include quarterly inspections and cleanings of all parts of your stormwater system to check for any debris that may cause problems. And unlike other stormwater maintenance companies, SWIMS has an emergency helpline, so we’ll be there if something does go awry.
Flooding is a difficult and costly problem, but with a proactive team on your side, it won’t be something you have to worry about.
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