Did you know that you are responsible for the catch basins that are located on your commercial or industrial property, which means they need to be included as part of your routine property maintenance plan. For most property owners, catch basins are one of those things that are out of sight and out of mind. However, if they overflow and cause a flood you will never forget about your catch basins again. So what exactly is a catch basin? In essence, it is a box that is placed in the ground at a low point of the property. The box is covered with a grate on top that is located at ground level.

When there is a rainstorm, or snowmelt runoff, the resulting water will typically flow until it reaches the lowest level of the property. At that point, the water enters into the catch basin box. The sand and other debris that is mixed in with the stormwater and snowmelt runoff sinks to the bottom of the box. The water enters into an outlet pipe that is located inside of the catch basin box. At that point, the stormwater and or snowmelt runoff is distributed through the outlet pipe into the sewer system until it travels to a local body of water, retaining pond, or to a sewage treatment plant.

If the stormwater and or snowmelt runoff ends up being distributed into a local body of water, such as a pond, stream or lake the fact that the sand and debris was already separated in the catch basin is incredibly important. This is due to the fact that the sand and other debris most likely contain contaminants that are known to pollute the environment. Catch basin maintenance must be performed on a regular basis, meaning the sand and other debris must be removed from the catch basin before it builds up to the point that it blocks the outlet pipe.

If that happens, and the catch basin becomes clogged the stormwater and snowmelt runoff will back up out of the catch basin. That means the excessive amount of water cannot be distributed properly and can easily flood the surrounding area. As you are already aware, floods can cause a tremendous amount of damage to roadways and properties. Unfortunately, you may be held liable for the damages if you failed to take care of basic catch basin maintenance. The good news is that you can always contact a professional environmental company in order to schedule a regular catch basin maintenance program. It could very well save you a tremendous amount of money, time, and aggravation.

If you have any questions about catch basin maintenance in New England, 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.