You’re Not the Only One Ignoring Your Storm Drain

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You’re Not the Only One Ignoring Your Storm Drain

While the weather is sunny and dry, none of us have a care in the world about our storm drains. You may not even realize that if a storm drain is in your driveway or in front of your property, you’re responsible for its maintenance! 

Well, friends, we can assure you it’s mere months before the Pacific Northwest rains return. You don’t want to be caught with a backup or stoppage that can lead to property damage for you or your neighbors. You’ll want to have us out to inspect and clean your storm drain, then follow these simple steps to prevent any future drainage disasters.

  1. Inspect the Grate: When fall arrives, take some time to clear the grate of all leaves, sticks, and other debris. Should there be any snow down the road, you’ll want to make sure the grate is free of snow and ice so the melt can flow in freely. 
  1. Avoid Pollutants Going Down the Drain: Many people believe that storm drains go to water treatment plants, but this isn’t the case. In many cases, water entering the drain feeds directly to streams, creeks, and rivers — so anything else besides water finding its way down the drain enters those waterways as well. You’ll want to dispose of pollutants properly; this includes chemicals from vehicle maintenance, landscaping, pools and spas, and pesticides. Follow this simple rule: Only rain should go down the drain! Unfortunately, even if you’re careful, some hazardous items will make their way into the storm drain… more on that below.
  1. Always Call a Pro to Clean Your Storm Drain: Trying to unclog a storm drain yourself is not advisable and can, in some cases, be dangerous. Never try to remove the grate; they are incredibly heavy and hard to handle. Professionals have the proper equipment and protocols for opening the grates and cleaning up the sediment, which in most cases contains bio-hazards from items washing down the pavement. These include vehicle chemicals, animal waste, and dead animal byproducts. There is no need to expose yourself to anything harmful! At Harts, we use high-pressure hydro-jetting to clear blockages from drain lines and remove sediment and debris. Extra large jetters are needed for municipal lines and systems.

Avoid a watery disaster when the seasons change and the rain returns. Call Harts today to take advantage of our $775 special on storm drain cleaning — regular value of $1,550!