If you own or manage residential, commercial, or industrial real estate in MA, you are responsible for having the catch basins, that are located on the property, cleaned and inspected. The best time of year to do that is in the early spring and late fall. Since spring is upon us, it is time to schedule a catch basin cleaning service with a local, experienced, and trusted environmental company. The good news is that it is an incredibly cost effective property maintenance task that can end up saving you thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.

At this point you may be wondering how a simple catch basin cleaning and inspection can save you that much money. Interestingly enough, money is not the only thing you will save by having your catch basins cleaned and inspected in the spring and fall. It will actually provide you with some much-needed peace of mind. When your catch basins are in good working order they are able to perform their job properly. The next question you may be asking yourself is what exactly is a catch basin and what does it do? We are glad you asked.

A catch basin or storm drain is a curbside drain that serves an incredibly important function. That function is to collect rainwater and snow melt off from your property in order to transport it to local waterways, retention ponds, or your city/town’s main sewer line through an underground system of piping, culverts, and drainage ditches. Catch basins are also typically found in parking lots in order to serve the exact same purpose. That is the good part. However, catch basins can become extremely dangerous if not taken care of properly.

Unfortunately a great deal of property owners and managers fail to properly maintain them. This may be due to the fact that they are one of those items that tend to stay out of sight until there is an issue. Catch basins can become easily clogged with leaves and other debris that has collected in the wintertime. When that occurs, the rainwater and snowmelt water can be blocked from entering into the underground system of pipes. Take a guess where the water goes if that occurs? The water will travel the opposite way, which means it will enter into your yard, grounds, parking lot, and the street.

The bottom line is that clogged catch basins cause floods. If your catch basins cause a flood you are responsible from both a legal and financial position. That means you are responsible to pay for any damages that the flood causes to your property and your neighbors. If you do not have flood insurance, and most property owners do not, that money will come directly out of your pocket. If the flood causes any damage to the environment, which it most likely will because excessive storm water typically carries harmful elements, you are responsible to have that damage fixed.

That can lead to a significant amount of money in clean up costs and fines with the Environmental Protection Agency. The most important question you should be asking yourself at this point is why take the risk when a simple and cost effective catch basin cleaning and inspection is just a phone call away.

If you have any questions about catch basin cleaning and maintenance, 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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