When it rains outside we expect the water to flow unimpeded through the rain drains. You do not want to deal with the anxiety from worrying whether or not the drains will back up and your house will flood. Or even worse, the chaos of the porch actually flooding the house.
What steps can YOU take to prevent flooding?
Before the rainy season, and before any big storm, check the drains and ensure they are free of debris. Pour down a couple of buckets and check down below that the water rushes out.
If your drain is missing a cover -- put one on! Kids LOVE throwing toys down drains. Go try to retrieve a toy a few meters down the line. Even if you do not have kids, debris, such as cups, twigs, lint, etc. can still find its way inside.
Many drains are way too narrow. Anything from 50mm and smaller have a propensity towards clogging. When renovating ensure that the drains are 3 inches or larger. If you are able to, consider widening your existing drains.
Yaacov Prupis, owner of Prupis Plumbing