The purpose of a catch basin is to prevent items such as trash and other floatable materials from entering the drainage system and the waterways it empties into. This is accomplished through routine cleaning and catch basin maintenance. Oregon Oils offers clients across the Portland, Oregon, metro area and Sothern Washington catch basin services to help keep their drainage systems flowing smoothly.
What Is a Catch Basin?
Also referred to as a storm drain, a catch basin is a key component in the effectiveness of your property’s drainage system. Catch basins typically begin with a gated hood, which prevents large items from being carried by water into the drainage system. In the event of a storm or major flooding, the catch basin is responsible for directing excess water runoff into the city’s drainage or sewage system. Catch basins also prevent trash, sticks and other debris from entering the system and causing blockages.
Benefits of Routinely Cleaning Your Catch BasinIn order to sustain proper drainage, catch basins must be cleaned regularly to remove debris and sediment in the sump areas. A catch basin that’s full of debris and sediment can block the entrance to the sewer and drainage system and can cause costly damage to your property. Proper catch basin cleaning and maintenance helps prevent the following:
- Flooding: When a catch basin is free of debris and sediment, it allows water to flow freely. This helps prevent flooding on your property.
- Property damage: Ensuring proper drainage is part of preparing for severe weather. If flooding does occur, it may cause damage to your property that could result in costly repairs.
- Unpleasant odors: If the drainage system isn’t working correctly, you may notice foul odors originating from your property. To maintain a pleasant atmosphere, it’s important for businesses to make sure catch basins are cleaned regularly.
- Code requirements: Proper maintenance and cleaning can help keep catch basins compliant with city, state, and federal code requirements.