Did you know that you could avoid flooding in your area with catch basin cleaning? If you have a catch basin or multiple catch basins on your property then you’re responsible for maintaining them on a regular basis. That includes catch basin cleaning. You may not be fully aware of what a catch basin is or the function that these much-needed devices perform. So, we’re going to explain it to you. Catch basins are mechanical devices that help distribute the influx of large amounts of water that suddenly occur in nature when the rain pours down, and or a significant amount of snow melts all at once.

Without them the streets would flood. So would your property and your neighbor’s property. Although many catch basins are located throughout the streets in your municipality they are also found on private property. If you have one in your yard or your grounds then you are responsible for maintaining it. Your city or town is responsible for catch basin cleaning and maintenance if the units are located on the streets that border your property. So, what exactly is a catch basin?

In essence, it’s a box-like device that’s designed to catch and distribute water. The box itself is typically buried underground except for the grate on top, which is located at ground level. Catch basins are placed at low points in the ground where storm water naturally flows. When the storm water and or snowmelt runoff reaches the catch basin, the water enters into the box through the grate. Any debris in the stormwater sinks to the bottom of the box. For example, stormwater picks up garbage, leaves, dirt, sand and a bunch of other things as it travels.

Those items are heavier than the water, so they tend to sink to the bottom of the catch basin. At this point, the water enters into a distribution pipe that’s located inside the box. The water will then travel to a local man-made water retention pond, or a sewage treatment plant. In many municipalities in New England, the water is distributed to a local body of water such as a pond, stream, lake, or river. The debris that separated from the water and fell to the bottom of the catch basin must be cleaned out on a regular basis.

Otherwise, it will start to build up rather quickly. It doesn’t take long for a catch basin to become clogged with debris. When that happens, there isn’t enough room in the box for the stormwater. So, the excessive amount of water backs up out of the box and flows into your yard, your neighbor’s yard, and or the street.

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