09 Aug Everything You Need To Know About Catch Basins
Also known as storm sewers, catch basins are underground chambers installed in commercial or residential areas to collect water in low-lying areas to prevent flooding or soil erosion. These storm basins are a perfect drainage solution, but that’s not the only thing you need to know about them.
Follow us into the discussion as we dive deeper into understanding catch basins.
What Is a Catch Basin?
A catch basin is a sewer drain located below the ground or in low areas of the yard to catch runoff water. The drain will have an opening at the top where water and other sediments, such as sand, pass through into an enlarged box underground. The water will then flow into the drainage system and to the downspout drains or storm sewers.
The catch basin aims to enhance the underground drainage system by catching debris and preventing clogs in the drain pipes. As the water and sediments enter the catch basin, the solid waste will settle at the bottom of the catch basin while water flows to the drain pipes, the local plumbing system, or the sewage plant.
When Do You Need a Catch Basin?
Installing a catch basin is optional, but in some cases, it’s very beneficial. You need a catch basin if you experience:
- Standing water near or in your space.
- Water-saturated turf.
- A foul odor emitting from your yard.
- Sloped terrain.
- A lot of mosquitoes in your home.
- Pooled water in your basement or garage.
- A mold or mildew infestation in your home.
Different Types of Catch Basins
Catch basins come in different types depending on location, size, shape, and material. For example, you can use two types of catch basins on your property based on location: curb inlets and area inlets.
In terms of size, you can get a small, medium, or large catch basin to fit the needs of your property. For example, for residential purposes, a 1-by-1-foot box is a good size.
Last, catch basins can be made from many different materials, including concrete blocks, lined concrete, non-reinforced precast concrete, reinforced steel, plastic/polypropylene, polymer, or brick and mortar.
How To Maintain Your Catch Basin
The catch basin should be kept clean to ensure the solid sediments that settle in the underground drainage system don’t obstruct water from draining into the sewer pipes. Therefore, clean the catch basin periodically by removing the solid sediments that settle at the bottom of the basin. This will ensure the free flow of wastewater and also prevent any odor from the residue.
Clean the grate at the top of the catch basin and ensure there’s no blockage into the basin. You could also clean your surroundings so the catch basin won’t have to collect as much sediment. And as you check your inlet, also check your outlet traps to ensure they’re not broken or damaged.
A catch basin may not be necessary for everyone, but it has its advantages, including improved landscaping, better water and sewer drainage, flood prevention, and a boost in the home’s value. Hence, you should consider adding it to your property.
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