Prepare your Home Before it Rains
Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management performs regular
maintenance on stormwater systems in roads and in residential areas where
easements are provided. This helps minimize problems associated with runoff.
Though inspecting and cleaning publicly owned portions of stormwater
conveyance systems reduces flooding potential, private property also needs
maintenance to ensure adequate drainage during heavy rains. The following
suggestions help homeowners prepare for the worst of winter weather:
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Know the stormwater system on
Knowing the location and components of your stormwater system helps you
determine what maintenance you need to perform. Each property has unique
characteristics that determine how water flows across it, but there are
common features designed to manage stormwater runoff including gutters,
downspouts, storm drains, and underground pipes. Familiarize yourself with
these elements, and make sure they are clean and functional. Consider the
impact of drainage from your property to neighboring downstream areas. Don’t
let the water draining from your property create or aggravate landslides,
erosion, or flooding. Check with your builder for stormwater system
information for your home. You can get general information about home
stormwater systems by calling Kitsap 1 at 360-337-5777.
Inspect your gutters
One of the best ways to prepare for the winter rains is to remove
leaves, pine needles, and other debris from the gutters that run along the
roofline of your house. Clogged, leaking, or broken gutters fail to drain
water as intended and can lead to flooding and property damage. Inspect
gutters on dry days and clean as needed. This can mean cleaning gutters
several times each year because of the many trees in this area.
Cleaning Gutters Safely
Keep storm drains clear
Storm drains collect water and move it downstream through underground
pipes to a stormwater holding pond, nearby creek, or directly into Puget
Sound. Storm drain grates cluttered with leaves, garbage, and other debris
impede water flow and cause flooding on nearby roads, yards, and even homes.
Check storm drain grates frequently and remove any accumulated debris with a
NEVER REMOVE THE LID OR CLIMB INTO A CATCH BASIN, AND NEVER ATTEMPT TO CLEAN
A STORM DRAIN LOCATED IN A BUSY STREET.
If you can’t clear the drain grate, contact the Kitsap 1 at 337-5777. For
after hour emergencies, call 911.
Keep driveway culverts clear
Driveway culverts connect open ditches on either side of a driveway.
This allows water to flow under, rather than over, the driveway. Do not fill
in or pave over open ditches. Keep culverts clear of rocks and debris. This
helps avoid flooding. If you can’t clear the culvert, contact you local
Public Works agency. They may be able to help.
Maintain Your Infiltration System.
Downspouts on many homes in unincorporated Kitsap County connect to an
infiltration system that reduces runoff by allowing it to soak into the
ground. Infiltration systems normally consist of a leach field, similar to a
septic drain field, preceded by one or more catch basins. Keep systems
functioning effectively by removing sediment and organic debris from the
catch basin(s). Do not drive or park on the leach field. These measures
protect the leach field soils from becoming plugged or compacted.
Kitsap County Surface and Stormwater Management maintains
228 miles of stormwater piping, 10,912 catch basins, 428 ponds/tanks, and
many other drainage and conveyance features. In 2006, over 1,600 tons of
sediment and debris were removed from stormwater facilities by our
maintenance crews. Without this maintenance, the debris may have caused
flooding or ended up in local waterways. You can help by observing
stormwater facilities near your home. If you see problems, contact Kitsap
1 at 360-337-5777.
Tips for Homeowners: Keep Stormwater Runoff
Kitsap County Public Works Updated:
Surface & Stormwater Management Program
(360) 337-5777 or (800) 825-4940