Did you know that if you have a catch basin or multiple catch basins on your property than catch basin cleaning is your responsibility? A great deal of property owners is either unaware of this fact, or simply don’t pay much attention to it. However, if you fail to take care of this incredibly important task, you may end up getting in a lot of trouble. The bottom line is that catch basins play a major role in preventing floods from happening. Without them, our properties and streets would be at risk of flooding each and every time that it rains or piles of snow melt down.

The purpose of a catch basin is to collect stormwater and snowmelt runoff that’s flowing over the ground, and distribute it to an area that is meant to handle the water. For example, when the water enters into the catch basin it can be re-distributed to a local man-made retention pond where it will remain until it eventually evaporates. The water can also be re-distributed to the main sewer line where it will eventually reach a sewage treatment plant. However, the most common place that the stormwater is re-distributed to is a local body of water such as a pond or stream.

That’s why the catch basin also serves another purpose. It separates the sediment from the water. In essence, when the stormwater enters into the catch basin, the sediment contained within the water will sink to the bottom of the box. The water will then leave the catch basin through the distribution pipe. That way, the sediment won’t enter into the local bodies of water. This is good news because the sediment that’s contained within the stormwater tends to pollute the environment. So, what happens to all of that sediment that sinks to the bottom of the catch basin?

It sits there until the catch basin is cleaned. That’s where the issues can come into play. For example, if you fail to have your batch basin or catch basins cleaned on a regular basis the sediment will pile up to the point that it blocks the distribution pipe. If that happens the stormwater won’t be able to enter into the distribution pipe. Instead, it will back up out of the catch basin. At this point, the risk for flooding becomes a viable threat. Once again, catch basin cleaning is your responsibility. However, you should not attempt to do the work yourself.

The good news is that professional catch basin cleaning is cost effective. You should schedule a professional catch basin cleaning at least two times per year, preferably in the late fall and early spring.

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.

Environmental related issues occur all of the time, and can strike at any time. That is exactly why you need to have a local and reliable environmental services company at the helm and ready to go whenever you actually need them.