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As a homeowner, you have to prevent waste and debris from entering the stormwater drains where it can cause damage to the sewage system. It's also your duty to ensure that no dangerous chemicals enter the water system.

Hazardous pollutants like motor oil, building debris, cleaning chemicals, and pesticides should never go through your stormwater or outdoor drainage system. Having provisions in place to handle flooding and severe downpours that might cause debris to enter your drains is important.

In this post, we'll unpack what you need to protect the drain covers around your property.

#1 Prevent Environmental Contamination

Installing drain covers is the best way to prevent contamination of the water supply and environment for excess pollutants, leaving your home.

If any hazardous waste goes through the drain on your property, then it could cause problems for the entire water supply and ecology in the local region. You don't want to be part of the problem – you want to be part of the solution.

Having drain covers in your driveway prevents leaves and other debris from entering the stormwater drains where they cause blockages. If you get a blockage in your stormwater drain, you run the risk of backing up and flooding your driveway or home.

#2 Protect Drinking Water Sources

Drain grates and covers prevent contaminants from entering the groundwater supply. If you're washing your car in the driveway or changing the oil, the last thing you need is a spill leaking into the storm drain. With a drain cover, you prevent accidents like this from happening, ensuring the environment's integrity.

Drain covers provide a line of defense against pollutants and the public water system. Speak to a professional plumber about the right types of covers to suit drains in your driveway and backyard. The plumber will ensure you get the right drain covers to keep drainage around your property adequate, without compromising the local water system.

#3 Drain Covers are a Cost-Effective Solution

Using a drain grate is quick to install and easy to maintain. A polyurethane drain grate temporarily seals off your drain, preventing contaminants from entering the stormwater system. These covers come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit any sizer drain in your yard.

Look for models that come with compliance certificates to local legislation. A skilled plumber can advise you on the best drain grates and covers to suit drains around your property.

#4 Avoid Municipal fines

Using drain covers helps you avoid municipal finds for the EPA. If inspectors see you aren't keeping your property up to code, they'll find you, costing you money.

If the EPA determines to dump pollutants or debris through the storm drain system, you could face severe legal penalties.

Call a Professional Plumber to Check Your Drain Covers

If you have no idea what you're looking at when inspecting a drain, hire a professional that does. Contact a plumber in your area and get their advice on the best way to protect your drain covers.

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