Does your front yard look like a marsh after it rains? A catch basin might be the answer. Not only do catch basins keep up your curb appeal, but they can also redirect water away from the foundation of your house. Let’s go over some basics—what are catch basins, where and why are they installed, how do they work, and what do you need to do to maintain them?
What is a Catch Basin?
A catch basin is, in other words, a storm drain. They are used to redirect water in an aim to prevent flooding and are common on public streets but may also be installed on private properties. Catch basins collect rainwater or melted snow, transporting runoff to a sump, reservoir, or treatment facility.
How Does a Catch Basin Work?
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Tips to Maintain a Catch Basin
When it comes to maintaining or cleaning a catch basin, it’s best to consult a professional. However, periodically cleaning debris off the surface of the catch basin (the grate) will help reduce the debris collected inside and prevent flooding. You can help maintain your catch basin by doing your best to make sure that only rainwater makes its way inside.
Catch basins repair is necessary in the case of leaks or cracks. Cracked pipes should be taken out and repaired by a specialist. Luckily, catch basin repair methods have improved in recent years so that the entire area doesn’t have to be dug up to address any damage.