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Catch Basin Maintenance and Cleaning

February 2, 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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