How Poorly-Maintained Catch Basins are Dangerous to Your Property

Stormwater is something that most people do not think about unless there happens to be a flood. Typically speaking, flooding only occurs when excessive amount of stormwater and or snowmelt runoff are not managed properly. That being stated, Massachusetts storm water regulations can vary from municipality to municipality. The one thing that they all have in common is the requirement to have the storm drains, and catch basins cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. When we refer to a regular basis, once again it varies from one municipality to the next, however the typical rule of thumb is a minimum of two (2) times per year.

In essence the storm drains and catch basins should be cleaned and inspected in the early spring and late fall. Storm drains and catch basins serve an incredibly important purpose in the management of stormwater and snowmelt runoff that occurs in the spring when the entire snow cover melts. In essence, they are placed in the ground at the low point of the street or property. This is due to the fact that water flows to the lowest point. When heavy-duty rainfall and snowmelt runoff occurs, the water will flow until it reaches the storm drains and catch basins.

When the water enters into the storm drains and catch basins the sediment within the water is separated and stored, and the water is re-directed into the sewer system, or a local waterway such as a pond, stream, lake, or river. If the storm drains and catch basins are clogged or not working properly, the excessive water cannot be distributed to its proper channels. Instead it will back up out of the storm drains and catch basins and flow until it floods the area. Depending on the amount of rainfall and or snowmelt runoff, the flood could be very minor, and cause minor damage.

However, the flood could also be major, and cause major damage. In the most severe cases, floods can kill animals and people. That is exactly why Massachusetts storm water regulations are in place. However, municipalities and real estate owners that have storm drains and catch basins located on their private property must adhere to the regulations. Otherwise you are taking the unnecessary chance of causing a flood. Having the storm drains and catch basins cleaned and inspected is as easy as contacting an environmental company that specializes in those services.

They will typically send out an expert that will examine the system to ensure there is no damage. They will also utilize a vacuum truck in order to remove any and all debris that has collected within the storm drains and catch basins.

If you have any questions about Massachusetts storm water regulations, 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.

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