A guide to catch basin cleaning

Catch basins can literally be found on every street corner. These traps for debris, sand, grit and contaminants are used in the storm drains on the sides of roadways. They’re also used as drainage systems in yards, parking lots, along the sides of building and various other places. One thing all catch basins have in common is that they require periodic cleaning. Keep reading to learn more about catch basins and how they’re maintained.

How do catch basins work?

Catch basins are drainage systems that have been designed in such a way that only water with little-to-no debris passes through the drain pipe.

Water enters the catch basin through a grating or an inflow pipe. The drain pipe is situated well above the bottom of the basin. As a result, any debris collects at the bottom of the basin and only water enters the drain pipe.

Why do catch basins require cleaning?

The debris that builds up in the catch basin turns into sludge. Over time, it begins to accumulate and when the sediment starts to approach the drain pipe, it’s can become a problem.

If regular cleaning is neglected, sludge and debris will contaminate the water entering the drain pipe and eventually clog the pipe and entirely prevent drainage.

Needless to say, you want to avoid this. Once a catch basin is one-third of the way full, it needs to be cleaned.

How are catch basins cleaned out?

You may be relieved to learn that this isn’t a job for your average Joe. The task of scooping out a ton of sludge needs to be outsourced. Specialty equipment and training is required to clean out catch basins, so you’ll need to call in a licensed waste hauler.

Waste haulers use vacuum trucks to pump out all the sludge and high-pressure water jets to dislodge any stubborn chunks of debris. They’ll remove and dispose of the waste in accordance with your municipality’s waste management protocols.

Waste hauling services in Hamilton

For residential, commercial or industrial septic services in Hamilton, count on the team at Pitton Plumbing. We do catch basin cleaning, septic tank pumping, holding tank and sewage pit pumping as well as motorhome and trailer pumping.

We’re also your go-to resource for all things plumbing. If you have a plumbing emergency at your home or business, just give us a call and we’ll send over an experienced plumber. We serve Hamilton, Burlington and other cities in Southwestern Ontario. Contact us today to book an appointment or learn more!