Did you know that catch basins are the primary piece of your landscape drainage system? In essence, a catch basin has a grate on top and a drainage pipe that slopes away from the basin. The catch basin box is set into the ground at the low point of the property. They are used to drain water and catch debris in order to avoid flooding. Both water and solids enter into the catch basin through the top grate. If the catch basin is working properly, the solids settle to the bottom of the box while the water drains out of the pipe. The solids must be cleaned out by a professional on a regular basis in order to avoid clogging.

The pipe connects to the plumbing system where it directs water to a sewage plant, retaining pond, or local stream. Catch basins are found in residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Catch basins that are designed for residential use are typically one foot by one-foot boxes. Catch basins that are designed for commercial and industrial use are significantly larger and are typically constructed with concrete or concrete blocks. It certainly goes without saying that we need catch basins in order to ensure that stormwater and snowmelt drain properly. The following information will provide you with a few positive attributes of catch basins.

Catch Basins Support Drain Systems

Catch basins play the role of a pre-treatment solution in storm drains and sewer system. In essence, the large debris and sediments that are swept by rainwater and snowmelt are both caught and retained in the catch basin. That means they do not enter into either the storm drain or the sewer system. This helps to keep the drainage system from overloading. For example, if debris enters into the sewer system it causes clogs.  In the minimum, clogs significantly reduce the effectiveness of the system. In a worst case scenario, clogs can lead to the back up of raw sewage into the interior and exterior of properties, and into the street. The bottom line is that a catch basin can significantly reduce drainage issues. That means less maintenance is needed on the drainage system. In order for a catch basin to work effectively, it must be properly maintained.

Catch Basins Act As A Landscaping Aid

A great deal of real estate owners do not realize that catch basins are useful for properties that receive heavy amounts of rain and snow. When a catch basin is working correctly, it acts as a water reservoir. This is a crucial aspect due to the fact that stagnated water tends to cause issues including soggy soil. When the soil is soggy it can harm plants, and trees. In addition, pools of standing water attracts insects, and promotes the growth of harmful mold and bacteria’s. Catch basins are great at preventing these problems from occurring.

Catch Basins Help Keep Your Basement From Flooding

Yards that drain poorly typically cause issues inside of properties, especially in sub-ground levels such as the basement. For example, when downspout water fails to drain away from the foundation, the water can easily enter into the lower levels of the property. Flooded basements can also occur if the driveway does not slope away from the property, which causes water to enter into the interior of the building. The best method to fix this situation is to install catch basins directly below the downspouts. That way the rainwater and snowmelt will properly drain.

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