Olympia is no stranger to rainfall, experiencing a significantly higher amount than the country average. This makes it critical to take flood prevention seriously if you own property in the area. Even minor storms can lead to costly damages if proper preparations aren’t made. The way our plumbing and sewage systems are designed, blockages, or breaks in one area can have devastating effects, not only on an individual property but to an entire neighborhood.
Urban flooding can be a real health hazard, leading to increased cases of respiratory problems and other conditions, not to mention the long term impacts of high levels of stress experienced by flood victims. Water safety can also be impacted as contaminants leak into the pipes. In terms of financial losses, water damage can lower property values by 10-25 percent and cause insurance rates to skyrocket. Rather than addressing the issues after they’ve escalated into emergency status, focusing on prevention can be far more cost-effective, and following one simple step now can save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Storm Drain Maintenance
Storm drains consist of two components. The first is the length of piping designed to carry water away from a property into the second, the actual inlet leading into the sewer system. Though inlets can vary somewhat in placement and size, all are covered by a grate to keep large items from falling in, as well as avoid any accidents involving bikers or pedestrians. The purpose of storm drains is to transport water away from the area during a storm, effectively preventing floods from occurring. Proper storm drain maintenance is the key to having a functioning system and keeping water levels in check.
Over time drains can become clogged with debris, and pipes can suffer wear and tear, causing breaks. Such issues may not be immediately visible during the drier months until it’s far too late. That’s why Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Olympia offers plans with regular storm drain inspection included. Contact us for a job estimate today.