Everything You Need to Know About Catch Basins

Catch basins can be a crucial part of your property’s water drainage system. Also known as a storm drain, these landscaping fixtures can come in different shapes and sizes. They almost always have grates and are located at the lowest point on your property, often on the curb. This enables them to catch debris before it enters into whatever reservoir or sewer the basin is connected to while also preventing big pools of standing water.

Everything You Need to Know About Catch Basins

Why You Should Get A Catch Basin

Any kind of properly installed catch basin can help you do the following:

  • Mitigate flooding – if water pools in your yard when it rains, then the ground or lawn should be modified to include a basin to help with drainage
  • Prevent odors and infestations – with less standing water outside, then there’s less chance for bacteria or mosquitoes, or other pests to breed
  • Increase home value – like any useful addition to a property, a catch basin can increase the price someone would be willing to pay for your home

Why You Shouldn’t Get A Catch Basin

Not everybody needs a catch basin, though, and here are the top factors to consider whether you might want to skip out on this fixture:

  • It takes a professional to install it – expert knowledge about construction and connecting to existing plumbing lines is needed and may be expensive
  • It takes a professional to clean it – when you have debris buildup in the basin beyond the grate, you likely won’t be able to clear it thoroughly without expert know-how and tools
  • Can cause sinkholes – water either around the mouth of the drain or out of leaks from any connecting pipes could erode a section of soil away over time, causing holes many feet deep to form

No matter what you decide, always remember that getting a trusted professional to look over your plumbing and landscaping can pay in the long run. Call us at (808) 691-9309 Oahu, (808) 400-8811 Hawaii Island to get in touch with EPS.


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