Every season presents its own unique challenges. Summers in Santa Cruz are no exception. Most people focus on protecting themselves from the heat with sunscreen and ample hydration, but homeowners and business owners also have to make sure their properties are prepared to withstand summer storms. One area often overlooked is the rain drain.
Rain drains are meant to prevent excess water from pooling in the area and causing damage to buildings nearby. Generally, they consist of a simple metal grate to filter out any heavy debris while allowing the rainwater to filter through. Many people assume that these are maintained by the municipal government. However, that is not necessarily the case, and if you haven’t checked your drain in a while, you might be in trouble. Even with a well-built grate in place, trash, leaves, and other detritus can accumulate, preventing the water from draining correctly. In order to be adequately prepared for incoming storms, you absolutely must include routine inspections of your rain drain in said preparations. This will allow you to ensure the drain can handle however many inches of rain are headed your way.
Am I Overdue for Inspection?
While Mr. Rooter Plumbing can schedule service calls on a regular basis to verify that your drains are functioning correctly, we understand that the situation may have already gotten out of hand. A sure sign of clogged drains in need of servicing is a flooded yard. Backyards soak up a lot of water during a storm, so it’s perfectly normal for them to appear wet for some time afterward. However, if it’s been a while since it last rained and the yard is still soaked, it may be time to call for an experienced plumber to take a look.
If you’re overdue for an inspection or simply would like to start getting regular maintenance visits from a professional, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Santa Cruz today.https://www.cnt.org/sites/default/files/publications/CNT_PrevalenceAndCostOfUrbanFlooding2014.pdf