Storm drain pipes can get dirty and clogged with leaves, sticks, and other debris. Cleaning them can help prevent flooding and other problems.
How to Clean a Storm Drain
Cleaning Your Storm Drain Pipe
When it comes to cleaning your storm drain pipe, there are a few things you should know. First, never use a power washer on this type of pipe. It could damage the pipe and cause flooding. Secondly, use a hose with a large spray nozzle to clean the pipe. Be sure to use a stiff stream of water to clean the entire pipe. Finally, pour a pot of hot water down the pipe to loosen any debris and reinforce the pipe’s seal.
What You Will Need
- Cleaning products
- Sturdy ladder
- Tape measure
- Cleaning brush
- Pipe cleaner
- Hydraulic cleaner
- Vacuum cleaner
- Water hose
- Ladder stand
- Cleaning cloth
Step 1: If the storm drain is polyvinyl chloride pipe, it will need to be cleaned with a hose. If the pipe is made of metal, use a brush and cleaner to clean it.
Step 2: If the pipe is large, cut a piece of sturdy ladder about 6 to 8 feet long and two thirds of the way up the ladder. Drive a spade into the ground next to the ladder and place the ladder on top of the spade.
Step 3: Measure the circumference of the pipe and write it down.
Step 4: If the pipe is made of metal, use a tape measure to measure the circumference of the pipe and mark it with a pencil.
Step 5: If the pipe is made of polyvinyl chloride, use a cleaning brush to scrub the surface of the pipe.
Step 6: Pour approximately one gallon of mild dishwashing liquid down the pipe. Turn on the faucet to full blast and wait 30 seconds. Pour another gallon of mild dishwashing liquid down the pipe. Turn on the faucet to full blast and wait 30 seconds. Pour a final gallon of mild dish
Before you begin to clean your storm drain pipe, it is important to understand the different parts of the pipe. The pipe can be divided into three sections: the inlet, the middle section, and the outlet.
The inlet is the first part of the pipe you will come in contact with. It is small and has a smaller diameter than the other two sections. This section is located near the street and is used to collect rainwater and snowfall.
The middle section is the largest part of the pipe and is used to carry water and wastewater away from your home. It is larger in diameter than the inlet and the outlet. The middle section is divided into smaller sections, known as bends, which help to direct the water and wastewater away from your home.
The outlet is the last part of the pipe and is used to discharge wastewater and rainwater. The outlet is usually larger than the other two sections.
Once you have located the drain pipe, it is important to clean it of any debris. To do this, use a plunger to suck up any objects that are blocking the pipe. Next, use a hose to spray water down the pipe and flush any objects down the drain. Finally, use a plunger to suck up any water that has collected in the drain.
Now that you have a thorough understanding of the different parts of the storm drain system, it is time to clean it. The first step is to clear any debris that may be obstructing the drain. Next, use a plunger to clear any clogs. Finally, use a hose to clean the drain itself.
And You’re Done!
There are many ways to clean a storm drain pipe. One way is to use a plunger. Put the plunger over the drain and push and pull the plunger up and down the drain. Be sure to wear gloves and a face mask.
Another way to clean a storm drain pipe is to use a vacuum cleaner. Put the vacuum cleaner over the drain and turn it on. Be sure to wear gloves and a face mask.
If your storm drain pipe is clogged and you cannot clear it using a plunger, then you will need to call a professional to clear the pipe.