Floor drains are very useful for a number of reasons. They allow liquids, such as sewage and oil, to be removed safely from and through a floor without causing problems or staining the floor. If these types of drains are not properly installed or serviced they can lead to health hazards and damage to the structure of the building. Here we will look at some common misconceptions around these drains and how to correctly use them.
Some people think that floor drains only remove solids and liquids. However, a floor drain can be fitted with a trap so that any solid materials that cannot be flushed away easily are removed from the space below it. This type of drain trap should be carefully inspected when it is initially installed, as the wrong type may lead to various problems, including blocked sewers. A floor drain which only traps liquids may not be the best option for your structure if you want to avoid having blocked pipes and sewers.
Floor drains are often recommended for newly constructed homes and structures. In many cases this is true, but it is also sometimes the case that old homes have water heaters in basements that have not been connected to the main household supply. These old homes may not have good enough water pressure, leading to issues with waste water accumulating in the sinks or bathroom bowls. Having a floor drain installed will help remove the excess water which is stored in these places, and reduce the risk of disease and poisoning occurring from the water.
Although not thought of as much by household owners, floor drains do contribute to the clog in their pipes. Over time, grease and oil can build up in a pipe, forming a solid barrier which makes it difficult for waste water to move through. Some of the substances which are often cloggers include tree sap, bird droppings, and wet leaves, but there are other substances that can form clogs as well, including sewage, tree roots, and ice.
Most home owners tend to overlook the role floor drains play in reducing flood damage in their homes. In the past, many homeowners who had basements included in their construction did not have the option to install drains for water drainage. If water gets into the basements while it is still warm outside, it can result in huge amounts of damage to the interior of your home. Water that is allowed to stay in basements for a period of time can cause wood rot, warp floors, and create unsightly water stains that are very difficult to get rid of.
Wet floors can also lead to health risks such as the development of mold, mildew, and an accumulation of bacteria which can lead to unpleasant symptoms such as allergies, headaches, and fatigue. It can also make it extremely difficult for people to properly bathe, as standing water can lead to the formation of soap scum on any surface that comes into contact with it. Bathroom floor drains will trap all of this water, preventing it from building up and causing unsightly buildup. The floor drain will then release the water through the drains or down the toilet bowl until it is completely removed. If you have a standing water problem in your bathroom, you should invest in a high quality floor drain which will prevent the water from rising to the level of the drain itself.
Landscape design can play an important role in reducing flooding in your landscape. One of the ways this can be done is by eliminating potential sources of water pollution such as over-saturated areas in your yard. Standing water in your yard can be a hazard to both your garden and your neighbors, so it is important that you do whatever it takes to keep your yard as dry as possible. One way you can do this is by installing a variety of landscape drains such as ground drip strips, soil ramps, and water collecting baffles. These will prevent water from rising to the level of your drainage pipes, which will prevent the build-up of mud and soil, which can cause a clog in your pipes and cause a flood. Installing these landscape drains will also allow you to more effectively remove water from your yard and reduce the chances of it running into your main sewer line and running through to your drainage system.
Another very effective method of keeping your environment clean is to perform cleanup cleanouts. Cleanout cleanouts involve removing tree roots, shrubs, and weeds from your landscape, and then rinsing the root zone and soil. After the cleanup is complete, you can dispose of the waste at a city dump or landfill. These types of cleanups can create an incredible amount of pressure, especially if you have a paved driveway, so it is important to be cautious and protect your family and property by only allowing your employees, family, or designated neighbors to use the driveway during cleanup cleanups. If you are unable to access your driveway during the cleanup, it may be wise to call a professional to assist you in performing the cleanup.