Did you know that catch basin cleaning can help prevent street flooding? If you’re like most people, you don’t give much or any thought to the catch basins that are located on your property. You may even be under the false impression that they are the responsibility of the municipality. If a catch basin is located on the street, it’s the responsibility of the city or town. However, if the catch basin is located on your property, you’re responsible for maintaining it. The good news is that there isn’t much too it when it comes  to cleaning and maintaining a catch basin.

All you need to do is contact a company that specializes in catch basin cleaning, maintenance and repair. They will take care of everything from there. So, why do catch basins need to be properly maintained in the first place? The bottom line is that they fill up with sand, dirt, debris, and trash. When they become too filled with these items, the catch basin doesn’t work properly. That’s when the problems begin. When a catch basin is clogged they tend to overflow, which leads to flooding. Here’s how a catch basin works. It’s basically a box that’s buried underground. The top of the box is covered in a grate that’s located at ground level.

Whenever it rains or a bunch of snow melts at the same time, water starts flowing in the street and at your property. The water will continue to flow until it reaches a low point. If the catch basin, which is located at a low point, doesn’t work, the stormwater will continue to flow until it floods the area. When the catch basin is working correctly the stormwater enters into the catch basin. Any debris contained within the water sinks to the bottom of the catch basin. The water then enters into a distribution pipe located inside of the catch basin.

The water will flow through the distribution pipe until it reaches its intended destination such as a nearby local body of water, a man-made retention pound, or the main sewer line. However,  debris stays in the catch basin. That’s why it needs to be cleaned out on a regular basis such as in the Late fall and early spring. If you fail to have your catch basin cleaned the debris will block the stormwater from entering into the distribution pipe. In essence, the stormwater backs up out of the catch basin and floods the surrounding area, including your property, your neighbors properties, and the street. If that happens, you are responsible for the damage from a legal and financial standpoint.

If you have any questions about our catch basin cleaning services, or would like to schedule an appointment we are happy to help. Please contact us today! Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. is your New England connection for a vast variety of environmentally related services. Our company has been serving Boston Massachusetts, Southern NH, VT & ME as well as Northern CT & RI since 1952. Please Contact us to learn more today.

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