How to Maintain Your Storm Drains Between Storm Drain Cleanings

Posted on: 15 March 2021

Storm drains can be such a valuable part of your commercial property. When rain falls and water floods the ground, it is the direct responsibility of these drains to wick away the flowing water and keep the area safe from flooding, prevent round erosion, and more. To keep these drains as free-flowing as possible, it is a good idea to seek out a professional storm drain cleaning service for help. The drain-cleaning process will eradicate any trapped debris inside the drain so the water can continue to flow through. To keep your drains as clean as possible in-between professional visits, here are a few good tips to keep in mind. 

1. Make sure trash receptacles are available in your parking area.  

No matter what type of business it is that you operate, the customers who pull into your parking lot for a visit may have trash that they want to eliminate from their vehicles. If you do not have trash cans in the parking lot or positioned in a way that is easily accessible to the public, you may end up with a great deal of garbage in your parking area. All this trash can be pushed into storm drains when it rains. Therefore, be sure you have at least a few trash cans available for your business visitors to use. 

2. Keep trees, shrubs, and plants properly pruned. 

The plant life around your business can make it look inviting and attractive, but most plants do expel some form of debris. For instance, the trees in the area can drop their limbs when winds get high and their leaves will fall off during certain times of the year. To keep your drains open and free of natural debris between storm drain cleaning visits, dutifully end to any plant and tree pruning that needs to be done. This will keep your plant life healthier, cleaner, and less likely to deposit debris in your parking areas. 

3. Practice clean landscaping practices. 

Whether you handle the landscaping on your property on your own or trust a contractor, it will be important that you practice clean habits with the process. For example, if you have a strip of grass around your parking lot, make sure the person mowing is not throwing the cut grass out into the parking area. When it rains, this debris will simply go into the drain and can cause a lot of unnecessary issues. You may even have to call on a storm drain cleaning service more frequently if you are not mining storm drains while doing landscaping work.