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What Causes A Blocked Storm Water Drain

What Causes A Blocked Storm Water Drain

Storm water is water that happens when a storm occurs. This is the surface water that happens in a downpour. This can be a major problem when a large body of water has to be gotten rid off. Storm water can accumulate in yards and make the ground soggy. Its best to get a licensed plumber to install stormwater drains to take the surplus water away.

What is a storm water drain?

A stormwater drain a a system of drainage that is installed to take away the excess water that falls during a downpour.

What is the purpose of storm water drains

The purpose of storm water drains is to take away the rain water that is on the surface of car parks, concrete yards and backyards of industrial and residential sites away from the property so that no water damage occurs with water accumulating and entering the property.

Where do storm water drains lead to

Stormwater drains drain into a point-of-discharge. These are found alongside kerb, under concrete slabs which has water channels underneath to take the water away in large underground stormwater pipes. These stormwater pipes connect to council drainage systems.

Is storm water drains same as drainage

Most storm water ends up in small bodies of water such as ponds, lakes or creeks. They may also end up in the closest water source nearby as well. Eventually the stormwater ends up in rivers, and oceans.

Who is responsible for storm water drains

In Queensland stormwater drains on properties are the responsibility of the property owners to the point where it connects with the council drains. The council will maintain the drains outside your property.

Please note you cannot connect your stormwater drain to the sewage drainage system or re-direct it to the neighbor’s yard.

What is the difference between storm water drains and sewer drainage

Stormwater is different from sewage. Sewage is the water waste waste from households and is treated at water treatment facilities. However, storm water is not treated and is discharged into large bodies of water such as lakes and rivers.

Types of storm water drainage systems

The different types of stormwater drains are:

  • Slot drains
  • Open stormwater drains
  • Closed stormwater drains
  • French drains
  • Permeable pavement

How to divert stormwater runoff

To divert stormwater you will need to install an aggi pipe, gravel pit, water proofing and a pump out system that will alleviate any excess surface water that is not dealt with by the main storm water

How to solve stormwater drainage problems?

Here are 5 ways to prevent a storm water problem occurring:

  1. Keep drainage points clear of debris
  2. Check downpipes and gutters for any leaves that may block the stormwater pipes
  3. Flush out pipes before storm season
  4. Use a water jet to clear debris
  5. Install gutter guards, leaf diverters over drainage

How to unclog a stormwater drain

Here are some tips on how to unclog a stormwater drain:

  • Use a classic plunger by forcing air down the pipe to flush the debris out
  • Drain Auger method: Hire a drain auger to remove roots or anything blocking the drain
  • The sue of chemical

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Preparing for the Storm Season – Your Plumbaround Checklist

Preparing for the Storm Season – Your Plumbaround Checklist

Prepare for the storm season. Check your down pipes, have your drains checked and cleared. Have a qualified plumber inspect your gutters and plumbing for leaks and structural damage., remove tree branches close to your home, clear garden waste around the yard.
How To Prepare For The Storm Season In Brisbane

If you’re struggling to get these things done around your home or need advice, contact the experienced team at Plumbaround. We can visit your home and help you tick off items from your list. Call us on (07) 30381038.

11 Tips To Help You Prepare For The Storm Season

  1. Check your gutters to see if they are leaks or structural damage
  2. Check gutters to see if there are leaves and rubbish that may have been blown in since the last storm season
  3. Check downpipes for blockages
  4. Get tree branches trimmed that are too close to the home. This prevents leaves falling into the gutters. Also prevents rodents enter the roof space via the gutters
  5. Get a licensed commercial/ residential plumber to call over to your property or home and down a thorough checkup on the gutters, downpipes and drains around the home.
  6. Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for storm damage
  7. Write down emergency numbers (fire, police and ambulance) and keep it in a place easy to find
  8. Learn where the power, gas and water mains are so that you can turn these services off in emergencies.
  9. Pay attention to weathers alerts on the net, radio and TV.
  10. Get an emergency kit ready and place it in an easily accessible place
  11. Get to know the neighbors so each can take care of the other when emergencies occur.

If you’re struggling to get these things done around your home or need advice, contact the experienced team at Plumbaround. We can visit your home and help you tick off items from your list. Call us on (07) 30381038.

Are you ready for storm season?

Are you ready for storm season?

As we all know in South East Queensland, storm season is fast approaching and if you have ever wondered is there a plumber near me, the answer if YES, Plumbaround!  


We have recently attended a property in North Brisbane where the owner thought the sewerage from the drain was causing a wet patch in the grassed area of their property. 

Upon investigation we found it was a leaking tap that was undetected and was dripping into the down pipes and leaking below the ground into the stormwater line. 

We serviced the tap, cleaned the line, camera’d the line & located the issue. 

The Result …

The stormwater pipe is repaired and is now flowing freely.  The owners will now be ready for storm season & free of a flooding emergency when the rain hits this year.


If you are currently experiencing or previously had overflowing stormwater or sewerage pipe work and flooding on the property and you want to avoid an emergency,

book an inspection with the Plumbaround team today.


Call the team on 07 3038 1038 or email info@plumbaround.com.au