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How to maintain your stormwater drain

Published: February 16, 2021 Last Updated: October 18, 2022

Here's everything you need to know about residential stormwater drain solutions; from why it pays off to have a stormwater drain installed in your backyard to how to maintain it properly.

In this video, Misk discusses stormwater drainage solutions with Fallon Solutions plumber Elijah, as well as looking at the installation of a channel drain to draw water away from the house.

How to maintain your stormwater drain - video transcript

[0:03] Mick

I said, Elijah I see you've been pretty busy here digging a trench. And what's actually going on?

[0:09] Elijah

Oh, okay, so we're just putting a new drainage system in so that when it rains it collects all the water that runs off the roof and off the driveway.

[0:16] Mick

And so that reduces the risk of flooding?

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[0:18] Elijah

Yes, absolutely right. So we've got the old system here that was just inadequate. It didn't take in enough water so we put this new channel grate running right around the edge.

[0:27] Mick

And it'll take the volume of water, especially in heavy downpours.

[0:28] Elijah


[0:29] Mick

So what are the flow-on effects of some of those things if you don't do something like this

[0:35] Elijah

So it was just a build-up of mould because the water itself was just sitting up against the side of the house there. So putting the channel grate in there alleviates any kind of further issues. 

[0:44] Mick

And you know the issues associated with mould or health issues are well documented so that's stopping the mould happening inside the house because we're actually capturing it here.

So if I want to maintain that make sure it's working properly because I don't want mould in my house. What do I do?

[0:57] Elijah

Okay, so well a stormwater system only works when it's clear of debris. So anything like grass clippings, rocks, you know, you've got to try and keep that out of your drains but apart from that as long as they're clear they'll work fine.

[1:09] Mick

That'll do the job, brilliant mate. thanks very much.

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