Storm Drain Cleaning

Water flowing into storm drain. D&F Plumbing, Heating and Cooling provides storm drain cleaning in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.

Storm drains, also called catch basins, are designed to prevent flooding by transporting rainwater to local waterways. If not cleaned regularly, debris and litter will accumulate making these drains less effective. D&F Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling provides expert storm drain cleaning services in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.

What is a Storm Drain or Catch Basin?

A catch basin is comprised of a grate, drainage pipe, and a steel, concrete or polypropylene box in the ground. They help prevent contaminates like oil, trash, and rust from entering our local waterways and clogging sewer lines. Storm drains filter runoff water and other debris from your property.

How Does a Storm Drain Get Clogged?

Storm drains are strategically placed so that rainwater will flow directly into them. This placement however also sends other materials flowing in that direction including:

  • Leaves
  • Sticks
  • Plastic bags
  • Gravel
  • Sand
  • Cans
  • Bottles

Once your catch basin gets clogged it will lead to backups and cause roadways and sidewalks to flood which is dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.

Hazardous materials can also infiltrate your catch basin and potentially enter local waterways. Common pollutants we’ve discovered in storm drains include:

  • Antifreeze
  • Animal waste
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizer
  • Oil
  • Soaps and detergents

Water doesn’t go through a filtration process before it is sent to streams and lakes, so it’s important to keep these free from hazardous materials.

Professional Catch Basin Drain Cleaning

The vast majority of storm drains or catch basins are equipped with grates to keep large foreign objects out. However, smaller materials including plastic bags, leaves, and other debris can often get washed into your catch basin drain. And over time this will cause your catch basin drain to experience clogs, especially in the baffle — the curved pipe that helps separate sludge and scum.

Annual Storm Drain Cleaning

One surefire way to ensure your storm drain always works effectively is to have it regularly cleaned. Don’t wait until your storm drain causes flooding. At D&F, we recommend having your catch basin cleaned once a year. We use tools like hydro-jetting to break up even the most stubborn debris and then we’ll pump out anything that’s in the catch basin. This is often a relatively quick and easy process. So we’ll quickly clean it for you and have you on your way.

Professional Storm Drain Cleaning Services

The Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA metropolitan areas are well-known for being rainy and storm drains can become clogged very quickly. So if you need your storm drains cleaned don’t hesitate to call D&F Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling. Our journeyman plumbing contractors are highly experienced in drain cleanings of all types including storm drains. We provide both, residential and commercial storm drain cleaning services. So contact us today for quick and reliable storm drain cleanings, we’d be happy to help!
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