The Need For Cleaning Your Catch Basins At Your Home Or Business
If you have any catch basins on your property, you as the business or homeowner are responsible to keep the basins free from debris, both inside and outside of the drain system. Keeping the grate clean is the easy part, but removing the grate and cleaning inside the basin might require a Vactor truck to suck up the debris inside the basin.
The storage area of the drain system will accumulate debris that settles on the bottom of the drain requiring you to clean it out to prevent the flooding of streets and properties. A professional Vactor truck company will come to your business or home with the necessary equipment to clean the catch basins and storm drain areas.
- A Vactor truck is like a giant vacuum cleaner that sucks up all the debris in and around the drains or catch basins, By keeping catch basins properly maintained it helps prevent the possibility of flooding. The catch basins require cleaning before the debris reaches the half way mark of the storage area.
- The most important times to have the catch basins cleaned are in the fall and spring. Leaves and other debris fall through the grates into the catch basins throughout the year, but more so after the winter months and during the fall when the trees are loosing there leaves. Use of a Vactor truck will clean out the debris and make the storage area ready to adequately drain the streets and properties from future rainfalls.
- You want to have your storm system cleaned yearly. If you allow the storage area to become over half full, you not only risk flooding, but also the debris and pollutants can travel through the sewer system and end up in streams and lakes or even the detention basins that your city has to collect water. Many counties and cities have requirements for catch basin inspecting and cleaning. Check with your local storm water agency for these requirements.