If you own real estate in New England, it is important to properly maintain that property. It does not matter if you own a residential home, a commercial building, or an industrial complex. That is why people that own buildings and other types of large properties typically hire property managers to take care of the daily maintenance tasks. That being stated, there is one incredibly important maintenance related procedure that is often overlooked.

A plethora of catch basins across the region are neglected, however it is imperative that they are both cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. If you fall into that category, do not worry. You certainly are not alone. However, you can no longer ignore the catch basins that are located on your property. A great deal of property owners are under the false impression that the municipality is responsible for maintaining the catch basins. This is simply not true in many cases where the property owner is responsible for having their catch basins cleaned and inspected.

At this point, you may be curious as to what can happen if you fail to have your catch basins cleaned and inspected. The answer is a simple one. Eventually it will cause flooding. The principal is fairly straightforward. Catch basins are meant to separate dirt, debris, sand, garbage, and other items that get caught up in stormwater and snowmelt runoff. Once these substances are removed, the water can then safely flow into the local streams, rivers, and ponds without harming the environment. The substances that are left behind remain in the catch basins.

These materials need to be removed from the catch basin on a fairly regular basis, as in two or more times per year. If not, the catch basins will completely fill up. When that happens, the stormwater and snowmelt runoff cannot enter into the catch basin system, and the materials cannot be separated from the water. Think of it in the following manner. If you fill up a five (5) gallon bucket halfway with sand and the rest with water, it will hold the water and sand. However if you then add five (5) gallons of a water and sand mixture, the bucket will overflow.

The same principal occurs within your catch basin. When the catch basin is filled with materials any water that enters into it will overflow. When the stormwater and snowmelt runoff overflow, it will flood the area. Floods are dangerous, and costly from a monetary standpoint. They can cause a great deal of damage to your property and any property located within the area. The water and debris can also flood the streets and enter into the local waterways and you will be responsible for the cleanup and any damage that occurs.

That is also considered to be pollution due to the fact that stormwater and snowmelt runoff are also full of chemicals that cause damage to the environment. You certainly do not want to be responsible for any of that happening. The good news is that is easily avoidable by having your catch basins cleaned on a regular basis. When a professional environmental company cleans your catch basins they will also inspect them to ensure that they are working properly. In essence, any potential issues will be discovered and can be fixed before they turn into serious problems.

If you have any questions about catch basin inspection and cleaning at your property, 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.

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