Did you know that catch basin maintenance prevents floods? In fact, the entire point of having catch basins installed in the streets and at private properties is to prevent floods from occurring. However if you fail to take part in a regular catch basin maintenance plan the catch basins will not be able to do their job properly for the long haul, and that is where the trouble begins. For example, if you have a catch basin on your property or on municipal property that you manage, they can easily break down without the proper catch basin maintenance plan in place.

So, what does catch basin maintenance involve? In essence, it means that the catch basins are cleaned out and inspected on a regular basis. What do we mean by “on a regular basis?” Typically speaking, we’re talking about twice per year. Catch basin maintenance should be done in the late fall and early spring. However, if there are an excessive amount of rainstorms in the summer than catch basin maintenance should be performed during the summer as well. Another questions that you may be asking yourself is why do catch basins need to be maintained on such a frequent basis?

It’s actually do to the fact that they tend to clog up rather quickly with debris such as sand, dirt, leaves, branches, twigs, and garbage. Of course, the sand, dirt, leaves, branches, twigs, and garbage are cleaned out of the catch basin during the catch basin maintenance. If the materials are not removed the catch basin will become clogged. That means that the excessive amounts of rainwater and snow melt runoff that run into the catch basin will not be able to be distributed. Catch basins are simple yet effective devices when working properly.

In essence, they are boxes that are buried underground. There is a grate at the top of the catch basin at ground level. Whenever it rains and or large amounts of snow melt at the same time in the spring the water starts to flow in the streets and in the grounds/yards of commercial, industrial, and residential properties. The storm water will flow until it reaches the catch basins. At that point all of the debris that the storm water has picked up along the way sinks to the bottom of the catch basin.

The water then enters into a distribution pipe that distributes the water to the sewer system, into a local body of water, or into a man made retaining pond. However, if the catch basin is clogged and the water cannot be distributed it will flow out of the catch basin and back up into the street, or grounds and yards of properties nearby.

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