Everything You Need To Know about Catch Basins

catch basinsCatch basins are an important part of your drainage system—they allow sand, sediment, and other materials to settle out of storm water before travelling to a detention basin or drain lines. These basins are vital to protect your home from water damage, so you want to make sure that they are well-maintained throughout the year. Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about catch basins, including how to clean and repair them!

Why Catch Basins Are Important

Catch basins are an integral part in landscape drainage systems, that help facilitate proper water drainage and avoid property damage. They’re typically installed to collect water from low-lying areas to prevent flooding or other water damage. If you don’t have catch basins, then the standing water on your lawn can promote the growth of bacteria and insects, putting your family and even your neighbours at risk for disease and illnesses. When a proper drainage system is not installed or is neglected to be maintained properly, water can begin leaking into your home through pressure cracks in your foundation. This can promote the development and breeding of mould and bacteria, which can become detrimental to the foundation of your home.

How to Keep Catch Basins Clean

Routine catch basin cleaning is key to keeping it functional and efficient. Since the main purpose of catch basins are to catch debris before allowing water to pass from your yard to the end site, you can imagine that the bottom on the basin can become backed up with debris and sediment every now and then. After installing catch basins, you must work to maintain them so that they keep on doing their job. Cleaning out the sediment, leaves, and whatever else may get caught in the bottom of the basin is the best way to ensure it continues to work properly.

Common Catch Basin Problems

You might be surprised to learn that sinkholes are common signifiers of a damaged catch basin. Sinkholes can develop next to catch basins when pipes, leading to or from the basin collapses. The water can erode the stone base supporting the asphalt, creating a sinkhole near the basin. Although this can seem like a huge problem, it is fixable. Once the deteriorated catch basin is repaired by a landscaping and construction specialist, the areas surrounding it can be reinforced with concrete, which will provide a more durable base than asphalt.

Getting Ready for the Spring Snow Melt

The most effective thing you can do to prepare for the annual spring snow melt is to clean your catch basin and get all necessary repairs in order. Since these basins help to protect your home’s foundation from water damage, it’s important to make sure that they’re fully functional before the spring snow melt at the end of winter.

The weather will begin to warm up and spring will be here before you know it, and you’ll need to get your catch basins prepared for the melting snow and debris that’s bound to follow. The Lincoln Construction Group can help you prepare your drainage system—offering a variety of construction and winter maintenance services, we specialize in landscaping projects. Contact us today to set up a consultation and get a free estimate!