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Everything You Need to Know About Catch Basins

What Are Catch Basins?

Catch basins are the main component in a landscape drainage system. They are boxes available in various sizes and materials that are placed in the ground near areas of standing water to help facilitate proper water drainage and avoid property damage.

The top of the box features a grate through which excess water and solids drain into the underground box. The solid particles then settle at the bottom of the box while the water collects until it reaches the outlet trap. The outlet trap is connected to an underground piping system that leads the water to a local sewage plant or stream.

Once the solids accumulate and account for one-third of the basin’s contents, you must remove the top grate and clean out the catch basin so it can continue to function properly.

The Importance of Your Catch Basins

Keeping up with your catch basin to make sure that it is functioning properly is the best thing that you can do for your landscape and your home. Standing water is not only unsightly, but it’s also damaging and can be dangerous.

If you don’t have catch basins, the standing water on your lawn is likely promoting the growth and multiplication of bacteria and insects, putting your family and neighbors at risk for disease and illnesses. Standing water occurs because the ground is oversaturated with water and can no longer soak any more of it up. That’s bad news for your plants that may drown and die under excess water.

Most importantly, water can be detrimental to the foundation of your home. When a proper drainage system is not installed or well-maintained, water may begin leaking into your home through pressure cracks in your foundation or siding. Once the water makes its way into your home, it becomes a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

How to Keep Your Catch Basins Clean

Once your catch basins are installed, you’ll want to learn proper plumbing maintenance for them to keep the water draining freely from your landscape and away from your home. This becomes especially important during rainy seasons when storm runoff is more prevalent.

The purpose of a catch basin is not just to facilitate in water drainage on your property, but also to maintain a clean and freely flowing plumbing system from the yard to the end site. The drain could flow directly through pipes to the local landfill or water source, but it would often become backed up with additional debris and sediment. The bottom of the catch basin solves this problem.

This is the area where the solid particles collect so they don’t block up the outlet pipes. Regularly cleaning this sediment out of the catch basin is the most important aspect of landscape drainage plumbing maintenance.

To have a catch basin installed in your yard to protect your landscaping, your home foundation and the health of your family, contact your local Mr. Rooter Plumbing for a quote today.