Do you have a sloped yard? Is there one spot on the lawn that always seems to be wet? Or do you have water getting into your basement? Those are all signs of a landscape drainage issue.
Water, especially after a heavy storm, can be powerful and difficult to control. However, there are ways to redirect water away from your home or property. One option is installing a catch basin.
How does a catch basin work?
A catch basin is a small box (usually 1 ft. x 1 ft. for residential use) that is placed in the ground at a low point of the yard. On top of the box is a metal grate to prevent large debris from entering the basin. As water runs down the sloped ground, it enters the catch basin. Any solids that are in the runoff settle at the bottom of the box while the water flows into a pipe that goes to the sewer system or another water area such as a nearby stream.
There are many benefits to installing a catch basin. Not only does it remove water from your property so it doesn’t affect your home or yard but it also is effective at catching debris before it enters the storm drain or sewer system, which can prevent future service issues. A catch basin can also improve your landscape and increase the value of your home.
Downsides of catch basins
Like most things in life, catch basins aren’t perfect. Before having one installed, you should know about a few requirements and potential issues.
- It’s very important to maintain your catch basin by cleaning out the debris and sediment from the top of the grate and inside the box.
- Depending on the size and slope of your yard, you may need to install multiple catch basins to fix all your water issues.
- Since the basin holds wet organic material that can take a long time to dry, it can attract unwanted pests such as mosquitos.
- If the pipe running out from the catch basin breaks, it can cause a sinkhole on your property, which should be repaired by a professional as soon as possible.
Is a catch basin right for your property?
If you have a soggy yard or other water drainage issues on your property, you may want to consider having a catch basin installed. Because water can be a tricky substance to control, it’s better to have a professional examine your yard to determine the best location and solution for discharge.
If you run into any plumbing issues be sure to call the professional at Rick’s Plumbing. With over 25 years of experience, we can handle any job – large or small. To schedule an appointment, call us at (203) 874-6629.