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Plumbing 101: 4 Common Reasons the Storm Drains Becomes Clogged

Your storm drains play a critical role in protecting your roof, your home, and your property. When it rains here in the Bay Area, your roof drains—also known as “gutters” or “downspouts”—safely carry the water off of the roof structure and down to the ground, where it goes into a storm drain that carries the water to the local sewer. This process prevents excess water from pooling on the roof, which can lead to a number of problems for your shingles, tile, and underlayment.

This roof's gutters are clogged with fallen leaves, which may prevent water from properly draining off the roof into storm drains.

This roof’s gutters are clogged with fallen leaves, which may prevent water from properly draining off the roof into storm drains.

However, this system does require regular upkeep, maintenance, and cleaning. If not regularly cleared out, downspouts can fill up with leaves, branches, and bird nests. This effectively forms a dam, preventing water from traveling down the spout. The result can be damage to your roof. If your storm drains are not cleaned, water will have nowhere to go once it gets to the ground level.

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, our plumbers specialize in indoor drain, sewer line, storm drain cleaning. If you have a blockage deep in your storm drain, let our team clean it out. Need storm drain cleaning in Hayward, San Jose, and other parts of the Bay Area? Contact our team today to have an experienced plumber come out to your home.


Read our other Plumbing 101 articles:

SIGNS OF SEWER LINE CLOGS   •   CAUSES OF SEWER LINE CLOGS   •   CONSERVING WATER IN YOUR HOME   •   WAYS TO AVOID EXPENSIVE PLUMBING REPAIRS


Here are the 4 reasons why your roof drains and storm drains may be blocked

1. Natural Debris

 

This residential storm drain is starting to become clogged with fallen leaves and other yard debris.

This residential storm drain is starting to become clogged with fallen leaves and other yard debris.

Storm drains can be clogged due to the buildup of leaves inside the drain pipe. This is particularly the case in autumn and spring. In addition, sometimes the roots of trees or shrubs head straight to the drains, resulting in a blocked drain.

This is commonly the case with willow trees, boxwood shrubs, oak trees, magnolia, gum trees, and palm trees. Here’s a guide to the best trees to plant around sewer lines and storm drains.

To reduce the risk of blockage of the drain due to the buildup of natural debris, you should keep the areas around the drain clear of all kinds of natural debris. If the leaves or roots get into the drains, it could prevent water from getting to the sewer, leading to a backup in your yard.

2. Broken Storm Pipe

Storm pipes can fracture due to general wear-and-tear. The roots growing inside the pipes can also fracture the pipes. Once it becomes fractured, the drain pipe is susceptible to blockages. The fractures are not easily visible. The professional plumbers from ABC will closely inspect the pipes for damage and then repair the fractured storm pipe.

3. Improper Installation

Improper installation of the storm pipe can also lead to drain blockages. This is usually the case when the pipes are installed as a DIY project. Improper installation will either result in fracture of the pipe or reduced water to flow from the pipe. That’s why it’s essential that you have a licensed plumber install drain pipes around and inside your home.

4. Heavy Rains

The storm drain can also become blocked due to heavy rains. Most of the household drain pipes are not manufactured to take the full impact of heavy rains and storms. This leads to overflow of the drain pipes that can buildup on your home’s roof. Since we live in an area where heavy rains are common, you should consider installing a larger drain pipe to weather the storm.

Blocked drain pipes can be a great inconvenience. What’s worse is that a blocked pipe can result in water accumulating on the roof of the house. Eventually, the accumulated water will drip down and leak from the ceiling inside the house. This can also do major damage to the foundation of the home, posing major risk to individuals.

Have ABC work with your storm drains

That’s why it’s essential that you have the storm drain cleaned regularly by an experienced plumber. If you want to avail the services of an emergency storm drain cleaning company in the Bay Area, call our team at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing.

Our plumbers use specialized tools to quickly remove all kinds of blockages from the outside drain pipes.

Make the switch to a new demand-type water heater

If you are considering a water heater replacement, you should think about the numerous demand-type water heater advantages you can benefit from. If you are not considering a replacement, perhaps you should be.

In this blog, we’ll run through the advantages of switching to a new tankless system. To get started, contact our team.

Is it time to replace your old water heater?

How can you know if you need to replace your water heater? Here are some important indicators:

  • Your current water heater is 10 or more years old.
  • Your energy bill has gone up without significantly increased use.
  • Your hot water supply runs out more quickly than it used to.
  • There is visible damage to the water tank, such as a crack.

If any one or more of these things is true for you, a new water heater would be a wise investment in the near future, and ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing is here to help you make the transition.

The advantages of going tankless

If you haven’t already made the switch to a tankless water heater, now is the time to do it. Instead of storing hot water in a tank that must refill itself before use after it is emptied, tankless water heaters provide hot water continuously, heating the water as it flows. You won’t run out of hot water, even when multiple people are using it at once.

Here are some other demand-type water heater advantages for you to consider:

  • Fewer risks to your home – A tank in an old water heater can experience malfunctions or sustain damage that can lead to flooding or other problems in your home. Tankless water heaters have no tank to burst, and don’t endure the massive amounts of water pressure that can lead to issues.
  • Savings on your energy bill – Tankless water heaters are far more energy-efficient, which means you won’t need to spend as much money heating the same amount of water. In fact, you could cut your bill by more than 20 percent!
  • Longer-lasting equipment – Demand-type water heaters have roughly twice the lifespan of a water heater with a tank. They also have many replaceable parts, so repairs are easier and cost less.

Call ABC to learn more about a demand-type water heater

At ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing, we understand your desire to make the best decisions for your home, family, and finances. With our services, we offer fair pricing and full satisfaction to all our customers.

If you’re ready to upgrade your old water heater to a new demand-type system, contact us today for a quote.