Outdoor floor drains are designed to remove water from outside your home. They usually consist of a small floor drain over the doorway. The drain catches water as it flows through, but debris from the doorway can clog the drain, causing water to rise above the doorsill and flood the interior space.
To fix this problem, you can place a deployable structure over the outdoor floor drain. This device has cross members and elongated members that create a frame. A perforated screen is then secured over the frame and allows water to flow while blocking solid debris. The screen has apertures on each of the elongated members that allow water to penetrate and flow into the drain. It can be easily removed to prevent clogging.
Outdoor floor drains are designed to divert water toward a storm drain in the city. They are a cost-effective way to divert excess water and prevent flooding inside the home. Floor drains also feature a trap to prevent sewer odors from entering the drain. It is important to regularly check the trap to prevent it from overflowing.
During wintertime, snow and ice can cause outdoor floor drains to clog. If you don't know how to clean them, contact a plumbing professional. Plumbing companies have special tools that they use to remove clogs. For instance, a plumber can use a hydro-jet to spray water more forcefully into the drain line than you could do yourself. Keeping outdoor floor drains clean is essential throughout the year, but especially during winter. You need to keep grate surfaces clear of snow and ice so that water will flow through the drain.