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Drain Seals: The Simple Solution to Stormwater Management

Storm water is a serious threat to our environment. This is especially true if the water drained comes from areas like parking lots, car repair shops, or any type of industrial facility where hydrocarbons, oils or chemicals may have leaked and are sitting on the ground. During a storm, these oily and chemical residues will be carried with the run-off, and then drained directly into our waterways. And because almost all urban developments use concrete and asphalt as floor covering, it's easy for oil, gas, antifreeze, or waste from pets that is left on the ground to get washed into the storm drains.

You might think that these oily residues are just small amounts, but every drop or spill of these toxic substances are constantly being washed down storm drains, adding up to the pollution of the rivers and streams. This steady increase in pollution creates a steady decline in the cleanliness of the water system. Stormwater pollution presents a huge problem. That is why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires facilities that uses products, or installs complicated drainage systems, to seal them with drain seals. Parking lots and automotive maintenance facilities are strictly required to use drain seals for their drainage.

Drain covers are meant for stormwater runoff, but with all the exposed chemical and toxic substances around us, they need to be resistant to chemicals as well. Drain covers function as spill protection devices that protect storm drains from the inflow of fluids. These covers are made of 100 % polyethylene which are resistant to water, oil and most chemicals, making them durable and reusable. They are able to adapt to shape of the storm drain opening to quickly seal it. Drain seals are available in many shapes and colors to fit any size and type of storm drain.

Utilizing drain seals has a lot of benefits to it. These drain covers block contaminated run-offs from entering storm drains. They can also be used as a spill prevention tool for emergency chemical spills. They help construction sites, parking lots, and industrial facilities comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 40 CFR 122.26 (1999) when used as Best Management Practice in Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans. Storm water pollution is a major concern today, but utilizing drain seals for our storm drains helps prevent it from becoming an even bigger problem. The little but mighty drain seal is the first response tool to make sure contaminated run-offs don't get to our groundwater.

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