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How to Clean Outdoor Drain Grates

Updated April 17, 2017

Leaves, trash and soil clogged in an outside drain grate is a potential problem. Clogged drains lead to potential flooding. By following a few steps and investing some time a few months of the year, clogged outdoor drain grates will be a thing of the past. If drain grates are full of debris, there are a few steps to follow to rid them of debris and ward off possible flooding.

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  1. Rake away any leaves around the drain grate. Remove the grate by lifting off or unscrewing it, depending on the type of grate installed.

  2. Hose off dirt and debris from the grate. If the grate is plastic and it is beginning to crack, consider replacing it.

  3. Clean any debris out of the drain while the grate is off. Wearing gloves, scoop out of the drain any leaves, litter or soil that have washed down into it.

  4. Replace the drain cover. Repeat cleaning steps every few months.

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Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Hose
  • Rubber gloves

About the Author

Lori Furgerson

Lori Furgerson began writing for an educational company in 2005. She was a classroom teacher for 12 years and became a national literacy consultant, traveling the country to work with state departments, school districts and at the school level to improve literacy instruction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from California State University at Northridge.

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