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Catch Basin Maintenance and Cleaning

February 02, 2017 · No Comments

Hopefully our last blog gave you some idea on how to determine if you have a catch basin, where it might be located on your property, and what a catch basin's function is and why they were used. Now what?

Most homeowners have no idea that a catch basin needs maintenance so a home can go through several owners without ever being cleaned.


Clogged catch basin


Sometimes we hear from homeowners “I have my catch basin cleaned. There's a guy that comes around every so often and he cleans it for me.”   Someone may come in with some type of scoop or "honey dipper" and skim off the top layer and claims your catch basin is clean. This type of cleaning is not very effective and does little to protect your home from a potential sewer back-up. Skimming off the top layer does not remove the sediment and debris that has accumulated over what could be years. Catch basins are often 5-6 ft. deep, and the sediment and debris build up over time and can eventually block outlet pipes which could lead to sewer back-ups, basement flooding, property damage, and flood clean-up.

The only way to properly clean your catch basin is with a vactor truck. Quality Plumbing Services' vactor trucks vacuum out and remove the top layer of grease as well as the sediment and debris down to the bottom of the catch basin. This cleaning process restores the original retention level of the catch basin, and allows it to function and flow freely as designed. All of our vactor trucks come with pressure washing equipment to help break up and remove any hardened grease and sediment.  The sidewalls, inlet and outlet piping, and the baffle are pressure washed and cleaned. Once the catch basin and its components are cleaned and the basin is empty, it can be throughly examined for condition and proper function, and any failure points can be addressed.  


Clean Catch Basin

Any contents removed from residential catch basins are considered “special waste” and require a special waste haulers license, and separate pumpers license, both issued by the state. Once the waste is removed from a catch basin, it simply cannot by dumped down the sewer or thrown in the garbage. It must be properly disposed of and the homeowner is responsible for the waste removal from their property. Large fines and penalties can be imposed if caught dumping waste illegally (makes you wonder what the “honey dipper” cleaner was doing with his waste). Quality Plumbing Services will thoroughly clean and examine your catch basin. We have all the proper licenses required by the state. All of the material and waste we remove will be hauled away and properly disposed of in accordance with all Illinois EPA regulations.

Quality Plumbing Services can help with all of your catch basin cleaning and maintenance needs. Please call 630-227-0200 to schedule an appointment.

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What is the catch basin?

January 26, 2017 · No Comments

Have you ever seen a manhole cover on your property? Or heard people refer to a Chicago catch basin? Many homes in and around the Chicago area and certain suburbs such as Niles, Evanston, and Park Ridge still have or had at some point a residential catch basin. Over the years, some have been eliminated or had the piping rerouted, but many are still active and in use today. Many homeowners are not even aware that they have a catch basin or what its purpose is.

A catch basin is an underground structure usually made of cinderblocks or brick with a metal sewer cover on top. Often the cover is in the backyard, at the side of the house, or even under a porch.

At one time it was common practice that the water from kitchen sinks, laundry drains, and floor drains which would be directed and terminate at the catch basin. The idea of this type of catch basin is to keep certain materials from entering the city sewer system. The heavier debris would settle out at the bottom, while lighter debris such as cooking grease and soap scum would float to the top thus protecting the main sewer line from clogging. Roof gutters and downspouts are also commonly connected to catch basins as well, allowing debris and leaves from the roof to separate out prior to entering the sewer system.

Over time this debris can accumulate in the catch basin stopping proper flow. This can lead to problems with sewer line blockages or the basement  backing up through the floor drains. It is important to clean and maintain your catch basin, and depending on usage it maybe necessary to have your catch basin cleaned every couple of years.

Cleaning your catch basin is a routine maintenance item that is often overlooked and the consequences can be a flooded basement. However, it is easy to overlook if you are unaware that you even have a catch basin, or what a vital part of your home's drainage system it is.

Quality Plumbing Services can help with all of your catch basin needs. Please call us at 630-227-0200 to schedule an appointment.

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