If you own or operate a business and own the building than you know exactly how important it is to constantly maintain the property. When something goes wrong with any of the systems it can lead to unnecessary downtime, which means you are losing revenue. Every hour lost is money out of your pocket. Not to mention that fixing the problem can cost a bundle of money, especially if the property insurance policy does not cover it. That being stated, most people tend to ignore their drainage systems, particularly the catch basins.
That is unfortunate due to the fact that catch basin maintenance is an important aspect of protecting both the drainage system, and the surrounding water sources. If something goes wrong with this key component it can lead to flooding, which insurance typically does not cover. That means you may be facing downtime, an incredibly expensive cleanup, and even fines from the EPA for polluting the environment. The good news is that having your catch basins professionally cleaned at least twice per year will go a long way in preventing any issues from occurring.
What Do Catch Basins Actually Do?
The main purpose of a catch basin is to collect the wide variety of debris that can enter into your drainage system. For example, leaves, garbage, sand, and other types of materials tend to gather around the entrance to sewers and other water passageways. When the accumulation becomes too large, it can create blockages that lead to flooding. In addition, if the garbage and other forms of waste enters into the sewer system, these materials may very well get fed back into the local waterways such as streams and rivers. When this occurs, it contaminates the water.
Another incredibly important function of your catch basins is that they relieve the surface area of a heavy influx of water. In essence, when it rains heavy, or the snowmelts suddenly, the water needs a runoff spot. Your catch basins are the runoff spots. Guess what happens if the water cannot enter into the catch basins because they are blocked due to lack of maintenance? The answer is simple. Your property will flood.
It Is Important To Have Your Catch Basins Cleaned On A Regular Basis
The common mistake that most property owners make is waiting until there is a visible problem before having their catch basins cleaned. For example, if you notice that the grate is blocked, or water has been backing up, there is already an issue brewing. In essence, the cleaning should have already happened. The principal behind setting up a catch basin maintenance plan is to prevent problems from occurring. Scheduling a consistent maintenance program is by far your best approach to preventing any problems from taking place now and in the future. The bottom line is you should have your catch basins cleaned before they become blocked.
That way it will be possible for water to flow through the drain without backing up and flooding the surrounding area. Something to consider is the amount of use that your catch basin goes through. Typically speaking, the best time to have them cleaned is twice per year in the fall and the spring. However, if you operate a business that uses a plethora of water on a daily basis, such as a car wash, you may want to consider having the catch basins cleaned on a far more frequent basis. Once again, the most important thing is to use a preventative approach instead of waiting until the system becomes blocked or floods.
In conclusion, when it comes to catch basin maintenance proper preparation prevents poor performance. If you have any questions 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.