We’ll teach you what they’re for and why you might need one.

Catch basins are an integral part of landscaping drainage systems. In fact, you might have one in your backyard and not even know it. Smaller catch basins for residential use are typically 1×1 boxes sold in home improvement stores, while larger ones for commercial use are made of concrete or polypropylene. Learn more about catch basins today on our blog, and visit our website for more landscaping tips.

Though different sizes and forms, Catch basins have a grate on top and a drainage pipe that slopes away from the basin. The box is set in a lower part of the property so that water can drain to it. The basins catch debris to prevent it from going further downstream and clogging up pipes. 

Water and solids enter at the top of the basin through the grate, and solids settle to the bottom while water drains out the pipe. The pipe typically connects to a large plumbing system, directing the water to a sewage plant or stream. Catch basins can filter water from rain runoff, gutters or from anywhere around your home. 

Some pros to catch basins are that they act as filters for the storm drain, blocking debris from getting into the major pipes. They also help muddy yards resolve drainage issues and can be used in conjunction with other tools like concrete leveling to keep basements dry. This is especially important for areas that receive heavy rainfall or storm seasons.

However, catch basins must be properly maintained, or they can have some issues of their own. They can attract pests, especially if stagnant water is clogged in the basin, allowing bacteria to grow or insects to multiply. Any debris stuck in a catch basin could be released during heavy rainfall or flooding, so it’s important to keep the basins clear and free of issues.

Catch basins can be a great way to fix drainage issues in your backyard or business landscaping. For more information or to get a free quote, check out our website.