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Gold Coast Stormwater Drains Specialist Plumbers

At Whywait Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being the go-to experts for stormwater drains on the Gold Coast. Our team specialises in maintaining these critical drainage systems to prevent flooding during heavy rainfall. With our expertise, you can rest assured that your stormwater drains will be in top condition, even during prolonged periods of rain.

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For the same-day service call to attend to your stormwater drains, call (07) 5580 4311. For non-urgent enquiries, feel free to email us.

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At Whywait Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being the go-to experts for stormwater drains on the Gold Coast.

Our team specialises in maintaining these critical drainage systems to prevent flooding during heavy rainfall.

With our expertise, you can rest assured that your stormwater drains will be in top condition, even during prolonged periods of rain.

Maintaining Your Gold Coast Stormwater Drains Prevents Flooding When It Rains & Rains & Rains Even More

Whywait Plumbing is your Gold Coast stormwater drains specialist plumber, designing, installing, rectifying, and maintaining stormwater drains and clearing blockages for over 47 years.

Stormwater is the most ignored aspect of the plumbing systems that are part of every property. Yet, sadly it is frequently the cause of the most severe and expensive property damage problems.

Unfortunately, the installation of stormwater drains is not effectively regulated or enforced on the Gold Coast. It is unfortunate for many property owners that their stormwater drains were designed and installed by under-qualified contractors with minimal concern for or knowledge of pipe sizing and design.

The City of Gold Coast’s Plumbing and Drainage Inspectors DO NOT inspect your stormwater drains. In Queensland, stormwater drains are checked and certified by private building certifiers rather than council plumbing inspectors, which in our experience, frequently means they are never inspected to ensure they are compliant or fit for purpose.

When severe summer storms or the increasingly common arrival of east coast lows, you understand and appreciate your stormwater drains. These weather events can see us receive more than 100mm of rainfall in a single hour, which results in flash flooding rapidly.

Maintaining your Gold Coast stormwater drains is critical to prevent the possibility of rainwater infiltration inside your home or business premises.

What Are Stormwater Drains?

Every property has a stormwater drainage infrastructure system that must be designed and installed under AS/NZS 3500.3:2021  Plumbing and Drainage – Stormwater Drainage.

This standard sets out the minimum requirements for the design, materials, installation, and testing of the three core components that make up your property stormwater drainage system:

  • a roof drainage system
  • a surface drainage system
  • subsoil drainage system

Every drainage system listed above is designed to collect your rainwater runoff from your roof, pathways, driveways, gardens and lawns to deliver the rainwater to a legal point of discharge. The legal point of discharge will be one of or a combination of the following:

  • out onto the street with connections cut into the existing concrete kerb and channel
  • an existing stormwater collection pit which is connected to the council stormwater drainage system
  • You cannot redirect your stormwater runoff away from your property and adversely affect neighbouring properties. It is your responsibility to manage rainwater that falls onto your property.

Maintaining Your Gold Coast Stormwater Drainage Infrastructure

Like most plumbing infrastructure, stormwater drainage systems are mainly underground and out of sight. Regrettably, they are always out of mind, too, until it’s pouring down with rain and your Gold Coast stormwater drains fail to function.

Legally you are responsible for maintaining all of your stormwater drainage infrastructure within your property. This responsibility includes the kerb adapter connections out on the street or the connection into a council collection pit.

Remember that the stormwater drainage infrastructure is all-encompassing from the roof to the discharge points into the council infrastructure. So every bit of water that flows from stormwater off your roof, paths, driveway, gardens, and lawns goes into council stormwater drains that connect to local creeks and rivers that all flow out to sea.

Maintaining your stormwater drainage infrastructure is simple. Don’t wait for a disaster to unfold when it’s pouring rain. Maintenance of stormwater drains carried out annually potentially protects your family, your local environment and your local waterways. Above all, it helps eliminate the costs of expensive emergency repairs and ensures your stormwater drains can handle summer storms.

Talk to us today about a maintenance program for your stormwater drains that start with your roof. As we all learn the hard way, “prevention is better than the cure”. Simply the proverb means it’s easier to stop something happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.

Where blocked or broken stormwater pipes are concerned, there is no cure, just a heap of pain in the hip pocket.

“So impressed with this company, they were prompt, professional, friendly and fixed our problem so fast! Massive storm water issues that another plumber attempted to fix and failed! Highly recommended and will always use them from now on! Thanks Nathan and team!”

Julie Pilkington

Faulty Stormwater Drainage Infrastructure The Hidden Risk to Your Gold Coast Property

As with most of our plumbing infrastructure, stormwater drainage systems are out of sight and out of mind until we get torrential downpours.

When storms or torrential rain events occur, stormwater drains’ design and installation faults are exposed.

  • Under sizing of stormwater drains pipework infrastructure
  • The use of low-grade 90mm stormwater or agipipe in the ground, which is neither large enough nor strong enough to cope with torrential rain
  • The running of stormwater drains to undersized rubble pits with no overflow
  • Lack of falls in stormwater drains or frequent backfalls where the pipe is trying to drain uphill
  • Undersized in-ground stormwater sumps or pits
  • Non-existent or substandard waterproofing of retaining walls
  • Poor design and under-sizing of spoon drains and grated drains that are supposed to remove stormwater runoff 
  • Combining roof water stormwater with overland stormwater runoff, which is undersized and poorly designed
  • Lack of maintenance of stormwater drains and all associated infrastructure

Whywait Plumbing replacing the stormwater drains at Fifty Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise where tree roots had infiltrated all of the stormwater drains causing localised flooding

The Long-Term Consequences of Poorly Installed Stormwater Drainage Infrastructure

Substandard stormwater drainage systems can cause significant damage to buildings and construction materials, leading to extensive and costly repairs. In addition, it has severe ramifications for the lifespan of many buildings.

At Whywait Plumbing, our team of experts has witnessed numerous cases where substandard stormwater installations have resulted in unnecessary rectification work, adding to the overall maintenance costs of the property.

The root cause of these issues is often inadequate building certifier inspections and poor design and installation, prioritising cost over standards.

Even more concerning is the prevalence of unqualified and unlicensed handymen often employed by property managers and owners to make substandard repairs, further compounding the problems.

The problems caused by substandard stormwater design, installation, and maintenance are far-reaching and can include the following:

  • Structural damage due to water ingress in reactive soils
  • Encouragement of termite infestation
  • Erosion under concrete slabs and around building foundations
  • Undermining of gardens and lawns
  • Contamination of swimming pools
  • Damage to timber framing, flooring, and other building materials
  • Flooding of the property
  • Water ingress into living areas through retaining walls
  • Damage to roof support structures
  • Blocking of stormwater drains and pits with soil and debris.

It is essential to address these issues promptly, as delays can lead to further damage and increased repair costs.

At Whywait Plumbing, we identify and resolve stormwater drainage problems. Our team of licensed and experienced professionals provides high-quality installations, repairs, and maintenance services to ensure that your stormwater system is in top condition, minimising the risks of property damage and unnecessary costs.

Prevent Flooding and Property Damage with Our Promise to Provide Effective Maintenance and Solutions for Your Gold Coast Drainage Systems

At Whywait Plumbing, we take pride in being at the forefront of advanced stormwater drain cleaning technology on the Gold Coast. With our state-of-the-art equipment, we can quickly and efficiently clear stormwater drains and prevent expensive flooding and property damage.

If you have blocked or damaged stormwater drains or require regular maintenance and installations, our team of experts can help you get the results you need to protect your property. We understand the importance of ensuring that your stormwater drainage system is functioning correctly. Our high-pressure water jetrodding technology is just the tool for the job.

Don’t let blocked stormwater drains cause damage to your property. Instead, contact Whywait Plumbing today, and let our friendly and experienced team provide you with the best solutions to your stormwater drainage needs.