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3 Things to Consider With Storm Drainage

When you’re considering the longevity and safety of your business, storm drainage should be high up there. Think about it, what good is your commercial HVAC system or indoor air quality technology, or even your bottom line, if your entire building gets flooded due to freak weather events?

And yes, these weather events are happening more frequently, which means we need to prepare for them. Storm piping in Phillipsburg, NJ has to be done by a team of professionals if you want your business or building to be adequately protected. That being said, we’d like to talk a bit about why storm drains and pipes are such an essential investment, and what you might want to consider when you choose to have them installed or replaced.

1. Consider the Water Level

Look, we know that many commercial customers are on strict expense budgets, which means that storm pipe installation or drainage is a low priority. But this shouldn’t be the case if you’re in an area that’s notoriously low when compared to the sea or lake level.

Especially if you live in an area like we do where rain can fall for an entire week, storm drains might be a necessity. We’re getting more “once-in-a-lifetime” size storms these days, and you want to be prepared not to lose out on valuable equipment or storage.

2. Rivers, Streets, and Lots

You shouldn’t just be concerned with flooding lakes and being near the ocean. Riverse can flood and cause immense damage to areas where there’s not enough soft ground or a comprehensive drainage system to get rid of the water.

For instance, if you’re in an area with lots of paved streets and lots, then a torrential amount of rain is not going to have many places to go, and it will ultimately flood your building’s basement. Also, if your building is next to a river, that could end up being a source of a flood if you’ve got no drainage systems to get rid of flood waters when a storm hits.

3. They Can Be Creatively Added

Storm drainage doesn’t have to be an ugly stain on your property. There are very pretty and interesting ways to factor them into your commercial establishment where they actually help with the aesthetics of your property.

Think about it this way, a storm drain only needs to lead stormwater from the drain, through the pipes, and to the sewer system where it can flow freely to an aquifer. That’s it. So, this gives us some leeway to install it in areas that might be seen less by customers, or in places where the grating aesthetic fits with other rigid construction parts of your building.

Prepare for the Worst

We don’t want to scare any of our customers into purchasing storm pipe installations, but we want to be practical. Storm drains are definitely a requirement, not just for local building codes, but for the sake of your building, tenants, customers, and more. It’s important to know that you’ve got proper drainage for worst-case scenarios, and our team can be the one to help you prepare adequately.

Contact Schaible’s Mechanical for commercial plumbing work that stands the test of time.

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