In most places, a storm drain system is separate and distinct from a sewer system. Where sewer systems are designed to move sewage from houses and businesses to centralized treatment plans, storm drains collect excess water and empty it in treatment plants, rivers, streams, or the ocean.
During a heavy rainstorm, your property is drenched in water, even more so if the storm causes flooding. All that water has to go somewhere, and a good storm drain system ensures that it flows elsewhere and doesn’t pool, which can potentially cause erosion, damage to your foundation, and flooding of underground structures.
SoCal Sewer is experienced at storm drain repair and maintenance. We can also empty your catch basin and ensure that your deck drain or patio drain is functioning as intended.
Storm Drain and Catch Basin Maintenance Issues
The same maintenance issues that can affect your sewer system can also hamper your storm drains. The drains can become clogged with debris such as tree roots, piles of leaves, or trash, which causes water to back up and the drains to overflow during storms. If pools of standing water persist on your property long after the last rainfall, you might have a problem with your storm drains.
Catch basins also require regular maintenance. A catch basin is essentially a filter on the top of your storm drain that collects debris, yet allows water to continue down the pipe. Like any filter, it needs to be cleaned regularly, or else it will become clogged. This is particularly important to avoid insect problems since wet debris in catch basins provides an ideal breeding ground for mosquitos and other pests.
You can buy your own catch basins in a hardware store and install them with standard tools. Still, emptying a catch basin can be a messy job, one that a professional plumber is well-equipped to handle. Don’t hesitate to call for help if needed.
Though Southern California is sunny most of the time, sudden rains can catch you off guard if you’re not prepared. SoCal Sewer is eager to assist you with storm drain and catch basin repair and maintenance in the Los Angeles metro area, including Orange County and Long Beach. If you’re having drainage problems under your deck, we can also assist you with your deck drain or patio drain.