Catch Basins

If you have any catch basins on your property, you as the homeowner are responsible to keep the basins free from debris, both inside and outside of the drain system.

Keeping the grate clean is the easy part, but removing the grate and cleaning inside the basin might require a licensed and trained professional plumber.

The storage area of the drain system will accumulate debris that settles on the bottom of the drain requiring you to clean it out to prevent the flooding of streets and properties. A professional, such as a plumber, will come to your home with the necessary equipment to clean the storage area

  • The plumber will insert a long extension into the catch basins to determine the depth of the debris in the storage area. After he determines the depth of the debris, he can then use the right tools to remove all debris, therefore, preventing the possibility of flooding. It is not a hard job, but more of an inconvenience to homeowners which is why many local plumbers offer their services for such a task. The catch basins require cleaning before the debris reaches the half way mark of the storage area.
  • The most important times to have the catch basins cleaned are in the fall and spring. Leaves and other debris fall through the grates into the catch basins throughout the year, but more so after the winter months and during the fall when the trees are loosing there leaves. A qualified plumber will use equipment to dig out the debris and make the storage area ready to adequately drain the streets and properties from future rainfalls.
  • You want to have a plumber do this yearly. If you allow the storage area to become over half full, you not only risk flooding, but also the debris and pollutants can travel through the sewer system and end up in streams and lakes or even the detention basins that your city has to collect water.


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