Catch basins are perhaps among the most important but overlooked components of a drainage system. These boxes come in different sizes and materials. They facilitate proper water drainage by allowing standing water to flow.
Solids and excess water drain into the underground box through the grate at the top of the catch basin. Whereas the water collects and drains upon reaching the outlet trap, the solids accumulate. For the basin to continue functioning properly, the solids must be removed once they fill a third of the basin.
Dangers of Having Poorly-Maintained Catch Basins
Water will enable you to perform various important functions in your home such as cooking, cleaning, and even irrigating your lawn among other things. However, excess water, in the absence of a properly functioning catch basin may create a conducive environment for bacteria and insects. This may increase the risk of disease and illness to your family and neighbors.
Standing water is dangerous to the foundation of your property. The resulting cracks in the foundation may cause water to leak into the house. This may lead to more serious problems such as mold and bacteria.
Regardless of the strength of your driveway and parking lot, they cannot withstand excess water. A poorly maintained catch basin will block the flow of the water. The stagnant water near or on an asphalt or concrete surface will erode it causing potholes.
Poorly maintained catch basins are more destructive and may cause major expense and repairs. Repairing your driveway and cleaning the mold in your house caused by excessive water is expensive. However, repairing the catch basin is cheap and prevents more harm in your home.
When reselling your property, a poorly maintained catch basin will adversely affect the price of your house. It will also make it hard for you to find a suitable buyer on time. Nobody wants to spend their money on a property without a working drainage system.
A malfunctioning catch basin can cause flooding in your lawn. The excess water may kill and destroy the plants. You may have to spend more to replace the dead plants and bring the garden to its previous shape.
How Catch Basins are Used
Catch basins can be used in both residential and public-sector settings. Instead of letting water to flow to the wrong places or just let it sit in, these tools distribute water in a desirable way thereby preventing damage and other unwanted issues.
You may need to check your catch basin to improve your drainage when;
- There is stagnant water near your house or in your yard.
- There are excess insects such as mosquitos in your home.
- There is an accumulation of water in places such as basements etc.
- You observe mold or mildew in your house.
- There are foul odors in some place.
- Part of your lawn is dead.
When you have any problem with your drainage system, feel free to contact Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. We have highly-trained and experienced professionals to ensure your job is done in the best way possible. You can also reach us to assess your plumbing system.
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