Stormwater drains play an important role in managing excess rainwater and preventing flooding in residential, commercial, and industrial areas. Understanding how these drains work and the various solutions available can help property owners make informed decisions to protect their properties.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about stormwater drains, from their purpose and types to maintenance tips and installation options.

The Purpose of Stormwater Drains

Stormwater drains are designed to collect rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, roads, and other surfaces and direct it away from buildings and properties. By channelling excess water to designated outlets, these drains help prevent water damage, erosion, and flooding, preserving the integrity of structures and landscapes.

Components of Stormwater Drains

  • Inlets: Inlets are openings or grates located along streets and curbs where stormwater enters the drainage system.
  • Pipes: Pipes transport collected stormwater from inlets to detention or retention basins, waterways, or treatment facilities.
  • Detention/Retention Basins: These basins temporarily store excess stormwater and gradually release it into the environment or treatment systems to prevent flooding and reduce the risk of pollution.
  • Outfalls: Outfalls are discharge points where treated stormwater is released into natural water bodies, such as rivers, lakes, or oceans.

Types of Everhard Stormwater Solutions

At Everhard Industries, we offer a comprehensive range of stormwater solutions, including pits, risers, and grates, designed to effectively manage and control stormwater runoff. These solutions include:

Stormwater Pits

Stormwater pits, also known as catch basins or sumps, are underground chambers installed beneath ground level to collect and temporarily store stormwater runoff. Our stormwater pits are available in various sizes and configurations to accommodate different drainage requirements.

Constructed from high-quality recycled polymer, our pits offer superior strength and corrosion resistance. With integrated outlets and connections, our pits provide seamless connectivity to stormwater pipes, ensuring efficient water flow and management.

Stormwater Risers

Stormwater risers, or access risers, are vertical shafts or extensions that provide access to underground stormwater infrastructure, such as pipes and pits. These risers are typically installed above ground level and feature a removable lid or cover for easy inspection, maintenance, and cleaning of the drainage system.

Made from durable, recycled polymer, our risers provide stability and support while withstanding heavy loads and environmental stressors. Available in various heights and diameters, our risers offer flexibility and versatility for different applications. With secure locking mechanisms and watertight seals, our risers ensure reliable performance and protection against water infiltration.

Stormwater Grates

Stormwater grates are durable covers or grills installed over stormwater pits or inlets to prevent debris, leaves, and other pollutants from entering the drainage system. Constructed from high-strength materials such as cast iron and galvanised steel, our grates offer exceptional durability and longevity.

Available in a range of sizes, shapes, and patterns, our grates provide aesthetic appeal and functional efficiency for various drainage applications. With slip-resistant surfaces, our stormwater grates ensure safety and accessibility for pedestrians and vehicles.

Maintenance Tips for Stormwater Drains

  • Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect stormwater drains, inlets, and outlets for debris, sediment buildup, and blockages.
  • Clear Debris: Remove leaves, trash, and other debris from inlets and catch basins to prevent clogs and backups.
  • Clean Pipes: Schedule routine cleaning and maintenance of stormwater pipes to ensure optimal flow and prevent obstructions.
  • Prevent Pollution: Avoid dumping or letting chemicals, oils, or other pollutants run into stormwater drains to protect water quality and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Professional Services: Engage professional drainage contractors for comprehensive inspections, cleaning, and repairs to maintain the integrity of stormwater drainage systems.

Protect Your Property with Stormwater Solutions

Effective stormwater management is essential for mitigating flood risks, protecting properties, and preserving the environment. By understanding the purpose, types, and maintenance requirements of stormwater drains, you can implement proactive measures to safeguard your investments and contribute to sustainable water management practices.

Whether you’re considering installing new stormwater solutions or maintaining existing systems, Everhard Industries offers a wide range of high-quality stormwater products and expert advice to meet your drainage needs.