Every inch of rain that falls can equate to thousands of gallons of water. In a torrential storm, that sudden deluge needs somewhere to go. Municipalities construct stormwater systems to give this water somewhere safe to go and protect properties throughout the region. However, they can only provide protection so long as they’re clean, in good condition, and ready to handle the influx of moisture. At Wind River Environmental, we help municipalities of all sizes prepare for the possibility of a flood with thorough and effective catch basin cleanings.
The Importance of Regular Catch Basin Cleaning
Catch basins are the foundation of a quality stormwater management system. Aside from gutters and drainage ditches, they are the first point where stormwater collects into a large quantity. Typically located at a low-point in a particular area, these basins not only flood with water quickly, but also tend to be a collection point for debris and dirt. This debris can block drains and prevent water from flowing out to its ultimate safe destination, and that could trigger flooding during heavy rains.
At a municipal level, catch basins cause major problems if not serviced correctly. Many times, damage or buildup isn’t noticeable until after a storm when a municipality experiences flooding. In order to avoid flooding damage and general drainage issues, it’s best to contact a drain service provider that has extensive experience with municipal catch basins. To avoid these types of issues, work with a service provider to schedule a regular maintenance routine.
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Catch basin cleaning is a pretty big job, but it doesn’t have to be a tedious, time-consuming, or difficult one for your municipality. Catch basin cleaning typically involves a simple and short process:
- Emptying the basin by removing collected debris and refuse that has accumulated over time.
- Cleaning the basin by scrubbing debris from the ground and walls.
- Checking the drainage to ensure it’s free of debris and blockages
- Cleaning or replacing the cover or grate if necessary
An ideal catch basin cleaning provider will also conduct a complete inspection of your catch basin to look for cracks, leaks, and other signs of potentially serious damage. This includes checking to see if everything is in place, working correctly, and in good condition. From there, your basin should be prepared to handle the flood of water during the next storm.
Wind River Environmental recommends having each basin cleaned at least once per year, but some basins that see a particularly large amount of debris or high level of use should be cleaned twice a year for added precaution. Wind River Environmental works with you to create a custom timeline that is specific for your municipality based on location, weather, and any unique situations that require extra attention.
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