How to Maintain Your Catch Basin
The winter season often brings with it heavy rains throughout the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA metro area. Many residential properties, therefore, have catch basins that are designed to collect that water and move it away from the property and into the sewer. Storm drains may be the most recognizable type of catch basins but there are many other types used throughout this area as well. Regardless of type, it is necessary to use your catch basin properly and to keep it cleaned and maintained.
Use of Your Catch Basin
Storm drains and other types of basins are designed specifically to collect water. Due to the nature of drainage, these basins are intended to accommodate a certain amount of debris. However, you should never dump anything directly into your basin, including pet waste, cooking oil and grease.
It is recommended that homeowners perform regular inspection of their storm drains and other basins. How often to inspect your drainage depends on the season and the amount of rain received. It is a good idea to inspect them after any heavy storm as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
Cleaning Your Catch Basin
Catch basins should be cleaned on a regular basis: at least once a month but more often during rainy periods. Clean the mouth of the basin but also the basin itself. It is easiest to do this during a dry period when all the detritus is easily collected from the bottom. If detritus is left to accumulate, it will eventually clog the exit tube and lead to a much more expensive problem.
Cleaning your catch basin often enough that is never filled with detritus beyond the one-third mark should avoid serious troubles. Nevertheless, issues can occur, and if you notice overflow, an excessively damp area near the basin or a pest infestation, you likely need professional storm drain repair. Solutions will vary based on the condition of the basin, its foundation and your soil type but can include:
• Sump pump installation
• Gravel trenches that redirect water
• Soil contouring to achieve ideal water flow
Catch Basin Maintenance
If you need your catch basin cleaned or repaired in the Portland and Vancouver area, let Clog Pro Plumbing help. We’ve been serving the area since 1993 and we’re confident we can provide you with a 5-star experience. Give us a call today to get started!
How to Maintain Your Catch Basin IN VANCOUVER WA AND PORTLAND OR
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