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Catch Basin Maintenance and Cleaning

Feb 02, 2017

Catch Basin Maintenance and Cleaning

  • Plumbing Services

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 basins 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 backup. 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 backups, basement flooding, property damage, and flood cleanup.

Proper catch basin maintenance and cleaning

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. Next, the sidewalls, inlet, and outlet piping, and the baffle are pressure get a good washing. Once we clean the catch basin and its components and the basin is empty, we can thoroughly check it for condition and proper function. In addition, we can address any failure points we come across.  


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 we remove the waste from a catch basin, we can’t just throw it in the trash or dump it in the sewer. 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. We haul and dispose of all waste and material 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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