Parking garage drains
It’s important to clean your commercial parking garage floor drains on a regular basis or they may back up or rot out and cause a huge and expensive mess.
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How do parking garage drains gets clogged?
During the winter, cars bring salt and sand from the roads into your parking garage. The salt and sand then makes its way into your drain—especially with all the rain, wind and snow we get here in Boston.
Two problems can occur if your drains aren’t cleaned regularly:
- If the salt and sand clog the drain pipe, it will back up and form a “lake” in your garage that causes severe damage to cars and whatever else is stored there—damage that you may be responsible for fixing.
- Salt erodes drain pipes and eventually ends up in your settlement tank (where the drain empties). Rotted out drain pipes and settlement tanks are costly to dig up and replace.
How do you clean a parking garage drain?
John’s uses high pressure water jetting equipment to blast away sediment from your drain lines. We also pump out the flammable waste trap and jet spray the trap to ensure your drains keep flowing. See a water jet in action.
When and how often?
Ideally you should have your parking garage drains cleaned once a year. Schedule a cleaning in the late summer or fall so you can start with clean pipes heading into the winter season. This time of year is also much easier for your tenants to park their cars and bicycles outside during the cleaning process without dealing with winter parking restrictions.
Give your tenants notice
Having your parking garage drains cleaned takes approximately one full day. Because your tenants will have to park their cars outside of the garage during the cleaning, schedule your appointment a couple of weeks out to give them advance notice.
With a preventive maintenance plan for your parking ramp or garage drains, you can avoid the inconvenience and costly damage caused by parking drain clogs. Call us at 781.569.6695 or request a free quote for a preventive service plan.