Did you know that catch basin cleaning is an important property maintenance task? That being said, many property owners across New England are either unaware of their responsibility to properly maintain their catch basins or simply ignore them. That’s unfortunate because failure to have your catch basins cleaned on a regular basis by a professional can lead to floods. Most property owners are also unaware of the fact that if your catch basin overflows and causes a flood in the area then you are responsible for the damages that it causes.

Assuming that you don’t have flood insurance, that means you’ll be forced to pay those expenses out of pocket. That can add up to tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage if not more. Plus, you may very well be on the line for city/town, state, and federal government based penalties and fines because floods can cause a great deal of damage to the environment. Once again, if a catch basin that’s located on your property causes a flood, you’re legally and financially responsible to clean up the damages. So, how do catch basins cause floods exactly?

First and foremost, catch basins are devices that are buried in the ground. They have a grate on top that’s at street or ground level. The purpose of catch basins is to catch and redistribute storm water to a safe place such as a nearby natural body of water, man made retaining pond, or even the municipalities sewer system. When it rains and or large amounts of snow melt all at once, the water will flow until it reaches the catch basins. However, if the water cannot enter into the catch basins for distribution, that’s when the excessive amount of water causes floods. So, what makes it so that the storm water can’t enter into the catch basins?

Storm water contains water, but it also picks up dirt, debris, garbage and chemicals that are on the ground as it flows. Those elements also enter into the catch basins and sink to the bottom of the box. The storm water exits the catch basin through a distribution pipe. However, all of the other stuff remains in the box of the catch basin until it’s cleaned out. It doesn’t take long for the dirt, debris, and garbage to pile up. If the catch basins are not cleaned out properly, the water distribution pipes become blocked. At that point, any new storm water will back out of the catch basins and that’s when flooding occurs.

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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