There are many homes that have exterior drains and many times these drains are overlooked when it comes to cleaning. Your outside drain is different than an interior drain and serves a unique purpose. A normal drain system is made up of a network of pipes that eventually connect to the city sewer system. All of your indoor water, from the bathroom to the kitchen, flush wastewater to your home’s sewer system. This line usually flows under the lawn, driveway, or garden and delivers what is used in your home into the city’s sewer and from there to the city’s treatment plant.
There are many types of outdoor drains and many of these drains can become clogged. Around your home you may have driveway drains, roof drains, and more. Like any drain, these drains can also become clogged. If you have heavy rains, leaves, and dirt around your house(which you likely experience) then you need to keep an eye on those outdoor drains and make sure that they don’t become clogged. Why? Your outside drains are connected to the sewer drains around your house just like your indoor drains are. You may also run into issues of root infestation.
What Problems Can A Clogged Outside Drain Cause?
A blocked drain can happen at any time of the year. However, most blockages occur during the Fall season due to leaves from just about any type of plant that sheds its foliage. Combine all of those leaves with a larger volume of water and your drain can easily get backed up. It’s bad for your drain and can cause flooding in areas below and around your home. Outdoor blocked drains can also become stagnant water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Outdoor flooding doesn’t just happen during the Fall. It can also happen during a freeze and thaw if your drains are clogged. When frozen water thaws in a rush, your drains may not be able to take in all of the rushing water and you can end up having a nasty mess in your basement and through your yard.
The Importance of Having Clean Drains
If your drains are not kept clear you may end up with nasty unhygienic backup issues that could cost you quite a bit in repairs. There shouldn’t be areas that are allowed to build up sediment and debris because that debris can flow down through the pipe and get caught up. If that happens then you’re going to want to talk to a professional drain cleaner. If you should need a blockage removed then calling the professionals is your best option.
Standing Water No Matter How Much You Clean Your Drains
There are times when, due to the topography of your yard and quite possibly soil permeability, you have blocked drains more than usual. Because water flows from the force of gravity it will always end up at the drains lowest point. Because of this, if you have a drain that is installed at a high point there’s a serious chance that this is the reason why you still have to deal with standing water after heavy rainfall. Due to this issue, it may be in your best interest to either install an additional drain or relocate the one that you already have.
It is not unheard of for homeowners (of older homes, especially) to have to call in professional help for a complete redesign of their outdoor drainage system. A redesign is not as costly as the ruination of your home’s foundation. If you think that this may be the case, most newer homes have the property’s plumbing plans at the local Department of Buildings.
Trees should be considered as a possible risk as well due to the roots of trees spreading for hundreds of feet, depending on the tree species. Keep in mind, too, that if you can’t find where the clog is located, plumbers have great tools at their disposal. A professional plumber usually has access to a sewer inspection camera. This is just one of many great tools that professional plumbers can use to make everyone’s life easier. Plumbing repair doesn’t have to be a headache when you have the right help on hand.