You may have heard that reducing stormwater runoff is important. However, do you know why it’s important, and what you can do to help stem the tide?

First and foremost, we need to define what stormwater runoff is. Have you ever noticed water running through the streets when it rains like cats and dogs and or there are piles of snow that all melt at the same time when the winter weather warms up? All of that water is called stormwater runoff. In addition to running in the streets, the water can gather in your yard or grounds of your property.

Do you know where the stormwater goes? If you answered no to this question please don’t feel bad. Most people don’t think about it or know where the stormwater goes. They just assume it will go somewhere out of sight and out of mind. That being stated, stormwater management is crucial. Otherwise the stormwater will simply flood the streets. It will also flood your yard or grounds of your property. The stormwater will also flood your neighbors’ property. Did you know that flooding causes approximately $17 billion in property damage per year across the country according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency?

A great deal of that flooding damage is caused by stormwater runoff. The shame of the matter is that a vast majority of property owners are failing to do their part when it comes to stormwater management. The bottom line is that if you have a catch basin on your property, not on the street, but on your property, you’re technically responsible for ensuring that it’s both inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. Catch basins that become clogged with debris are a main reason why stormwater runoff turns into floods. Catch basins act as a drain for stormwater runoff.

When the stormwater enters into the catch basin it enters into a pipe that distributes the water to the main sewer system for disposal, or to a nearby body of water such as a stream, river, or lake. Often times the water is distributed to a manmade retention pond that is located near your property. However, if the catch basin is blocked and the stormwater cannot be properly distributed, it will back out of the catch basin and start to flood the street. So, what can you do as a responsible property owner in regard to reducing stormwater runoff?

The answer is simple. Have your catch basins inspected and cleaned in the early spring and late fall. It’s as simple as contacting us today to get the process started.

If you have any questions about our catch basin cleaning services in New England, or would like to schedule service we are happy to help. Please contact us today! 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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