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Don’t Leave the Autumn leaf litter in your drains!
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Don’t Leave the Autumn leaf litter in your drains!

As we move into spring, the weather starts getting better, the trees start growing green and healthy and the sun is hanging around more often. Although that may all sound lovely, the biggest plumbing problem a lot of home owners will face are blocked drains from leaves! The best way to prevent leaves from blocking your drains and causing overflow is to maintain them every so often and clean leaves out of problem areas such as gutters and storm water drain barriers.

If the guttering system is filled with leaves, any prolonged heavy rainfall will wash them into the surface water drain, which may blocked and as a result overflow water to pour down external walls and causing potential problems with damp in your house. Rain water might take longer to pass through the guttering system. If this case, its likely culprits are leaves. The leaves will decay and rot eventually breaking down over the time entering the drainage system which will end up in the mains sewerage system.

Here are some simple tips:

  • Sweep and bag up leaves.
  • Rake your garden and fit leaf guard over the drain. There are universal guards and cut to suit. It allows the pipes that can drain into.
  • Cover drains and downpipes to prevent fallen leaves. This will prevent leaves entering into the gutter system but it will only allow water to flow.
  • Breeze can stray leaves and gather them into the drains and gutters – watch and monitor where the leaves are falling. If required, wear long gloves and remove them by hand.
  • Arrange a CCTV drain survey to check the potential problem before it becomes serious in the winter months.

If you need any assistance with blocked drains or cctv drain surveys please contact Omega Service Solutions on 1300 558 730

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