How to Maintain Catch Basins
Florida frequently has torrential downpours. Thankfully, catch basins can prevent flooding and water buildup. Yet, regular maintenance is necessary to ensure this drainage system continues to protect commercial asphalt surfaces like parking lots, driveways and roads.
This guide will help you learn more about catch basins and how you can manage them to prevent flooding.
What Is a Catch Basin?
A catch basin, or storm sewer, is a drainage system for commercial properties, such as parking lots. The purpose of the basin is to capture, hold and strain runoff water. The catch basin consists of a 1 foot by 1 foot grate set into the ground at a low point leading to a basin with a drainage pipe. Solid materials, such as sand or plant debris, sit at the bottom of the basin while the downward slope of a drainage pipe carries the water away to your local sewage system or a stream.
Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Catch Basins
There are several ways to ensure your catch basins protect your commercial property:
- Clean grates: Remove large debris that could block the flow of water from the grates. The best time to check is after a major storm and during times when foliage like autumn leaves might clog the grates.
- Clear debris: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends shoveling the sediment from the basin’s interior once it reaches one-third of the basin’s depth.
- Flush the drainpipe: Use a hose or chemical cleaner to keep the drainage pipe open.
Improper maintenance for a catch basin can lead to wear and tear over time, resulting in serious issues like flooding, overflowing and sinkholes on your parking lot, as asphalt can deteriorate when stormwater pools on the surface.
Entering the basin without specialized training can be dangerous. Also, you may not be able to catch deeper issues like clogs in the drain. That’s why it is important to consider partnering with a knowledgeable catch basin cleaning service.
Get the Job Done Right With The Paving Lady
Searching for a catch basin professional in South Florida? The Paving Lady team is ready and able to assist you with cleaning and inspection. You can expect us on time with a quick problem diagnosis and repair options with itemized charges listed for each approach. We also offer installation services for those who want a new catch basin.
Give us a call at 561-572-2600 for expert service or fill out our contact form online.