Did you know that catch basins serve an important role in managing storm water and snowmelt runoff? However, the vast majority of property owners in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts don’t pay much or even any attention to them. In essence, without these simple yet affective devices we would experience flooding whenever it rains outside, and when the snow melts in the springtime. Flooding can also occur if the catch basins are not working properly. Catch basins need to be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis, which equals a minimum of two (2) times per year.

If you manage a municipality that does not own the proper catch basin cleaning equipment, it is best to consult with an environmental company that specializes in catch basin inspection and cleaning in Massachusetts. They will utilize a vacuum truck in order to remove any and all debris that may very well be clogging the system. The professional environmental company will also thoroughly inspect the catch basin for any structural damage that may require repairs. Often times, catch basins are located on private property, which means they are the responsibility of the property owner.

If you have any catch basins on your property it is important to have them cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. Otherwise you are facing the risk of the catch basin or catch basins malfunctioning. That is something that should be avoided. If you cause a flood because you failed to have your catch basins properly cleaned and inspected, you are responsible for any of the damages that are directly related to that flood. The damages may be to your own property, or to your neighbors’ property. The damages may even be to the city or town’s property.

The bottom line is that you could be facing tens if not hundred of thousands of dollars in damage. Unless you have a specific flood insurance policy, which most property owners do not, you may very well need to go out of pocket to cover the damages. In addition, floodwater tends to cause a great deal of damage to the surrounding environment. For example, floodwater tends to flow into the nearest bodies of water such as ponds, streams, lakes, rivers, and even the ocean. Floodwater typically contains chemicals, garbage, and other elements that pollute the local waterways.

If this occurs and it is your fault, the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA for short may very well issue you a hefty fine. The good news is that this can all be avoided if you have your catch basins cleaned and inspected as part of your property maintenance plan.

If you have any questions about catch basin inspection in Massachusetts, or would like to schedule service we are happy to help. 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.