Commercial Drainage Solutions: Preventing Flood & Water Damage

Perth, like many other cities, faces significant challenges when it comes to managing its commercial drainage systems. As the city continues to expand and develop, the efficient functioning of these drainage networks becomes critical in averting the detrimental impacts of flooding and water damage on commercial property. It needs the help of Superior Plumbing services, and you may too.  

The Problems and Solutions of Commercial Drainage 

In cities, urban infrastructure development has led to the extensive use of impermeable surfaces, such as concrete and asphalt, which hinder natural water absorption and exacerbate surface runoff. This phenomenon contributes to increased pressure on the drainage infrastructure, highlighting the necessity for sustainable drainage solutions that can effectively manage excess water and mitigate the risk of flooding. 

In light of these challenges, it is important for commercial entities in Perth to be aware of the common drainage issues that can lead to flooding and water damage. By understanding the underlying causes and implementing comprehensive solutions, businesses can safeguard their properties  

Blocked Drains and Gutters 

One of the most prevalent drainage problems in commercial areas is the clogging of gutters and drains.  

The Problem: The accumulation of debris, such as fallen leaves, trash, and other pollutants, not only obstructs the flow of water but also increases the risk of contamination and the breeding of harmful bacteria and insects. In areas where heavy rainfall can frequently occur, the issue becomes even more critical. Excessive rainfall, coupled with obstructed drainage, can result in extensive water damage to properties, causing financial losses and structural instability. 

The Solution: Regular inspection and cleaning schedules are essential to prevent the accumulation of debris and to ensure the smooth flow of water. Implementing a comprehensive maintenance plan that includes appropriate cleaning equipment, such as drain snakes, high-pressure water jets, and vacuum systems, can be effective. Technologies like CCTV drain surveys can aid in identifying potential issues before they escalate, allowing for timely intervention and the installation of leaf guards, grates, and screens can serve as barriers to prevent debris from entering the drainage system in the first place.  

Ageing or Damaged Pipes 

Aging or damaged pipes can be a persistent and potentially costly issue, especially when left unattended. 

The Problem: The gradual deterioration of pipes, owing to factors such as corrosion, wear and tear, or external pressures, can compromise their structural integrity. Water seepage resulting from compromised drainage pipes can weaken the soil structure surrounding them, leading to soil erosion and potential foundation instability for nearby structures. If prolonged, it can also give rise to mould and mildew growth.  

The Solution: Employing skilled professionals like Superior Plumbing with expertise in pipe repair and replacement can ensure that the necessary corrective measures are implemented effectively and efficiently. Proactive drain camera inspections can identify potential issues before they escalate.

Superior Plumbing can inspect & camera the drain using specialised CCTV Drain Cameras. Our team are experts in operating these cameras to locate any issues like old clay pipes that are failing, pipes damaged by new building works or tree root intrusions. Once located, we can repair or replace a section of drain, before things get out of hand. 

Collapsed Pipes 

When pipes collapse, the obstruction of the flow of water becomes inevitable, causing water to accumulate and potentially overflow onto commercial properties.  

The Problem: The collapse of drainage pipes can occur due to various factors, including soil erosion, ground movement, or the gradual deterioration of the pipe material itself. As the collapsed sections impede the natural flow of water, the pressure within the drainage system increases, leading to the backup of water and subsequent flooding. The resulting inundation not only damages the commercial structures but also contributes to the contamination of the surrounding environment.  

The Solution: Conduct thorough inspections of the drainage network to allow for the early identification of potential weak points and the timely detection of any signs of pipe deterioration or impending collapse. Promptly address any identified issues through timely repairs or replacements of the collapsed pipe sections and implement reinforcement measures and support systems, such as the installation of pipe relining or pipe bursting techniques or external bracing or underpinning to stabilise the surrounding soil. 

Insufficient or Inefficient Design  

Inadequate drainage system design can pose significant challenges, particularly in regions prone to heavy rainfall or sudden storms. 

The Problem: When an initial design fails to account for the volume of water generated within an area, it can result in a compromised drainage capacity, leading to water pooling, inundation, and potential flooding. The repercussions of such inefficiencies can range from property damage to environmental hazards.  

The Solution: It is essential to use skilled professionals to design and implement your systems. Integration of detention ponds, which temporarily store and slowly release excess water, can effectively regulate the flow and reduce the strain on the drainage infrastructure during peak periods. Additionally, implementing permeable pavements that allow water to infiltrate the ground can alleviate surface water runoff. The use of French drains, which utilise a perforated pipe surrounded by gravel or rock, can also provide an effective means of redirecting water away from vulnerable areas. 

Improper Sloping or Grading 

Improper sloping and grading of land can significantly impact the efficiency of the drainage system, especially in commercial areas where the stakes are high. 

The Problem: When the land is not appropriately sloped or graded, water is unable to flow naturally, leading to the formation of stagnant pools or water accumulation in certain low-lying areas. This not only hampers the aesthetic appeal of the surroundings but also poses a significant risk of flooding and water damage to nearby structures and properties, 

The Solution: Implementing appropriate grading measures, such as reshaping the land to create proper slopes and contours, is crucial in facilitating the efficient flow of water away from the commercial properties. This can involve the strategic construction of gentle slopes or the incorporation of swales and berms to redirect water to designated drainage points. The installation of effective drainage systems, such as trench drains or French drains, in conjunction with these grading measures, can further enhance the management of surface water runoff, ensuring that excess water is efficiently channelled.  

Lack of Sustainable Solutions 

The absence of sustainable drainage solutions in commercial areas can pose significant challenges, especially in light of the increasing emphasis on environmental conservation and sustainable practices 

The Problem: In the absence of eco-friendly drainage solutions, the natural absorption of rainwater into the soil becomes limited, leading to a surge in surface runoff and exacerbating the risks of flooding and water damage. This not only strains the existing drainage infrastructure but also contributes to the degradation of the surrounding environment, impacting the overall ecological balance and the well-being of the local communities. 

The Solution: The introduction of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) has become essential in promoting a more resilient and environmentally conscious approach. Green roofs and living walls within commercial properties can effectively reduce surface runoff by facilitating the natural absorption of rainwater and promoting the growth of vegetation. Rain gardens and bioretention basins facilitate the natural filtration and storage of rainwater by not only capturing and retaining excess water but also promoting the removal of pollutants and contaminants. Replacing conventional pavements with permeable pavements and pervious surfaces can also enable the infiltration of rainwater into the underlying soil effectively reducing surface runoff and preventing the accumulation of water.  

Superior Plumbing: The Path to Prevention 

Implementing these solutions can play a pivotal role in mitigating commercial drainage problems, minimising the risk of flood-related disasters, and safeguarding properties in Perth from water damage. 

Regular maintenance, proper design, and the integration of sustainable drainage practices are key to ensuring the resilience of commercial drainage systems in the face of increasing urbanisation and climate change challenges. 

But don’t worry, you won’t have to tackle these problems alone!  Here at Superior Plumbing, our team of experienced professionals is on hand to help you maintain a healthy and subsequently cost-effective drainage system.  

By using our specialised equipment we can conduct regular inspections and maintenance to prevent major drainage problems. This ensures accurate assessments and efficient solutions, reducing the likelihood of recurring issues. 

We can tailor our maintenance approach to the specific needs of your commercial drainage system. Our ability to provide customised solutions ensures that your drainage system operates at an optimal level, enhancing its efficiency and longevity.  So, if you’re interested in maintaining the integrity and functionality of your business, contact us today!