If excess water, also referred to as standing water, is unable to flow or drain away properly it will become stagnant over time. This can happen to flood water after heavy rainfall, overflowing watercourses, dirty water from overflowing drains and sewers or other water from commercial processes. Problems can also occur if a pipe is leaking or burst entirely which can cause water to accumulate over time. If left untreated, it will become stagnant water.
If left undrained, standing water can quickly become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and become stagnant. It also puts your property at risk of structural damages that can be rather costly to fix and cause roads and pavements to deteriorate.
Bacteria and mould thrive in moist environments. Water that has been sat there for a long time provides the perfect opportunity for bacteria to grow and presents your business or home with a potential health and safety problem.
As well as this vermin and insects are attracted to standing water as a water source. Also, many insects, such as mosquitoes, use standing water to breed. Of course, no one wants to be inundated with rats or insects and any associated diseases, so preventing stagnant water is vital. If you think your commercial or domestic premises may have a rat infestation, installing a rodent prevention device like a rat blocker for drains may be the best solution.
Standing water often goes unnoticed and by the time it’s discovered, the damage has already been done. Over long periods excess water can seep into the foundations of your property leading to a build-up of excess moisture. This can result in damp and mould which will slowly start to deteriorate your flooring, walls, and other structural aspects of your property.
Standing water can also cause roads and pavements to deteriorate. For example, if the standing water seeps underneath the road’s surface and freezes, it will expand which can cause the concrete to crack.
Pools of water also create unseen dangers such as open manholes or missing gully covers underneath the water. If you do happen to drive through the water and there is a pothole or missing cover underneath, you could cause serious damage to your vehicle. Additionally, large pools of standing water on pavements or roads can cause accessibility issues for vehicles and pedestrians.
Prevention is the best solution to stop stagnant water and any hazards it causes. There are few preventive measures you can take to stop a serious problem from arising, such as:
Damage and disruption from standing and stagnant water can quickly escalate. No matter the size of the problem, our experienced drainage engineers can provide expert flood relief and water removal services via our fleet of vacuum tankers to effectively minimise the damage caused by stagnant water.
Have a plumbing problem? Our sister company, Metro Plumb, are also on hand to fix and leaking pipes.