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There’s a Hole in the Bucket Dear Liza – Maintaining Your Garden Drainage

Pipes Under Paving. J P G

There’s nothing more exciting than having your roof top garden fill with water and transform into a mini Central Park Reservoir.  Supers and  Board members will certainly be the first to come feed the ducks!  Garden drains are often forgotten as they lay quietly below your decking and paving collecting all the beautiful trinkets of seasons past.  All the leaves, needles, flowers and soil in your garden ultimately succumb to gravity and end up below your feet where they clog the endless tracks of pipe that keep your building running smoothly.

How do you know if your drain is clogged?

Roof top drains are similar to the gutters that hang from the eaves of a house and direct water away from its foundation.  In most cases, pavers or panels of decking as well as planters and furniture may need to be moved to access these spaces. The first sign of a clogged drain is pooling water, rotting wood or even a foul smell.  A good rule of thumb to keep your Super and neighbors at bay is to check your drains prior to large storms, or at least once a week. 

Our Solution: Clear the Drain

Like autumn leaves that continue to drop right after you just finished clearing them, debris constantly falls into your drain. As the owner of a New York City rooftop or terrace it is your responsibility to maintain clean drains. Plant Specialists is well equipped to move garden furniture, plants or flooring to check them, however we are not responsible for flooding or damage caused by clogged drains. A thorough sweeping and removal of rubbish from underlying areas along with a good hosing down can ensure that water is moving through the ‘hole in the bucket’.

Call us anytime to arrange for a garden sweep and drain clearing: 718-392-9404

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