Storm Drain Chambers

Storm drain chambers are part of drainage systems used to convey water from ground surfaces. These systems can transport millions of gallons of water collected from parking lots, roofs, driveways, sidewalks and streets. Without drainage systems communities would endure chronic flooding or end up underwater.

Stormwater comes from rainfall, melting snow, and other sources of water such as people washing their cars in driveways. When it rains, debris and pollutants are washed from surface areas and transported into storm drain catch basins positioned along sidewalks and streets.

Everything that passes through storm water drainage systems is eventually discharged into oceans and rivers. Residents often unknowingly contribute to water pollution without realizing it. Anyone that applies pesticides to their lawn, washes a vehicle with detergents, or fails to pick up animal waste adds to the problem.

To lessen the burden on drainage systems involves a concerted effort amongst individuals, communities, and governments. While technology has improved storm drainage filtration systems, human beings can make a bigger impact by being mindful of their surroundings.

Drainage chambers are one example of storm drainage systems that are designed to retain drainage water and where this water may even be reused to provide water for landscaping purposes throughout the area. Storm drain chambers are typically corrugated, yellow in color and installed under concrete driveways or parking areas. They may casually be referred to as "dog houses" because of their half-domed concave shape. They are usually layered with a geomembrane filter and crushed rock underneath and above, leaving a hollow path for rain water and other liquid debris to seep in via gravity-fed pipelines.


Taking steps to reduce the level of pesticides and fertilizers on lawns, flowers and crops is an easy remedy that can make a big difference. Using non-toxic detergents to wash cars or power wash windows and siding is another simple fix.

Drainage systems are installed by storm drain contractors. Due to the environmental consequences associated with this work, contractors must be certified and licensed. Additionally, it's helpful to be trained in EPA regulations.

Contractors typically specialize in one field of construction such as residential, commercial, municipal, industrial, or institutional. For the most part, storm drain contractors are hired by general contractors to perform specialized work.

Installing storm drainage systems may involve the occasional placement of underground water pipes, wastewater chambers, and outlet pipes. Precise calculations are necessary to determine water flow rates, pipe sizes, and release points.

In some instances, water has to be stored in retention or detention ponds until it can be safely conveyed to a point of discharge. Regardless of the application it is imperative to work with reputable contractors possessing experience with the type of drainage system involved.

Kana Pipeline excels in wet utility construction and has close to 30 years experience with installing storm water drainage systems throughout California.

We encourage you to learn more about the pipeline construction services we offer and obtain additional storm drain information on our company blog.