3 Things Homeowners Should Know About Storm Drains

Most homeowners never think about storm drains until one on their property or street floods or otherwise needs repair. Though most storm drains are located on public streets, usually up against a curb, some storm drains are located on private property and are therefore the responsibility of the homeowner. For example, if you live on a large property upstream from a creek or river, your property most likely has trenches, underground drains, or other channels designed to divert excess rainwater away from your home. Here's what you need to know.

1. Storm Drains and Sewer Drains Are Completely Separate

Sewer pipes and drains bring waste away from your home and to a wastewater treatment facility where the waste is removed, and the water is thoroughly cleaned and treated. Storm drains, on the other hand, divert excess water away to local rivers, lakes, creeks, and even the ocean if you live on the coast. This water is completely untreated and is considered part of the local ecosystem. The point is to prevent flooding, rather than to treat water. 

2. Be Careful About What Goes Into Your Storm Drain

Since storm drains lead water back to local water sources, it is very important to be careful about what goes into your storm drain. Never dispose of trash in the storm drains, even something as simple as grass clippings as these can contain pesticides and other toxins. Be mindful of what you leave around your yard, since bacteria from pet waste, chemicals you apply to your lawn, and trash that isn't secured tightly into a trash can will all make their way into the storm rain during storms. 

3. Schedule Repairs Promptly

In general, storm drains are very low-maintenance and self-contained, but they do occasionally need repairs. If you notice a storm drain on your property that seems to be backed up, overflowing, or otherwise does not appear to be functioning like normal, call a storm drain repair or septic services company right away to prevent flooding to your home. If you notice a storm drain flooding on a public street, call the city as this can quickly lead to a flooded street and damage to vehicles.

As you can see, being more informed about storm drains on your property is important. When you notice a storm drain flooding, appearing to be clogged, or emitting an unpleasant odor, be sure to schedule a repair right away. For more information, contact a company like JPW PROPERTIES , INC.