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How to Deal With Runoff

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Vancouver Pressure Washing knows nothing compares to the quick and powerful results of the pressure washer. It handles dirt, grime, and mold with ease and keeps your property looking its best. But what happens to all the runoff water? What are the dangers of not doing anything about it? Keep reading to learn about the risks posed by runoff water and the best ways to handle them.

What Are the Dangers of Runoff Water?

Runoff water that’s not properly dealt with can damage your property and the environment. It can create stains on surfaces that haven’t been rinsed after pressure washing. Runoff can also create environmental damage. Runoff from the pressure washer usually contains chemicals, detergents, and soaps. Once these enter storm drains, they can contaminate rivers, streams, and drinking water supplies.

How to catch the runoff water

The best way to deal with runoff is to use a reclamation system - some way of catching the water before it reaches any storm drains. This way, you can collect the runoff and put it somewhere safer. Here are some tools that work well:

  1. Storm drain covers/mats - these are similar to sink stoppers. The mats can be used to cover the storm drain so no runoff can get into it. Instead, the runoff pools on top of the cover, so you can collect it with a pump and dispose of it properly.
  2. Socks or booms - these are products you can position around drains to stop runoff and any debris from entering them. These are also great for absorbing oil residue.
  3. Bio bags/bark bags - they work in a similar way to the socks and booms. They’ll stop water from entering the drains, but they won’t absorb any oils or petroleum residue.
  4. Pumps/vacuums - these can collect the runoff or divert it to another area, like the grass on your property. Investing in a reclamation system will save you time and money in the long run.

What to do with the runoff

Once you’ve collected the runoff, it’s important to dispose of it properly. It’s best to check your city’s regulations, as these differ from place to place. The methods of disposal depend on a few factors like if the runoff contains any hazardous chemicals. If it does, the runoff may need to be disposed of as hazardous waste. If the runoff contains any soaps or detergents, it can be collected and usually disposed of in the sewer system but check your city’s requirements.

The important thing to remember is that runoff and debris from pressure washing should never enter storm drains. These waste management tips will allow you to look after your property and the environment.
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