Are You Experiencing A Catch Basin Clog?

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Catch Basin Clog

What is a catch basin?

A catch basin is a device that collects water from rain, snowmelt, and any other runoff before it enters the sewer system. A catch basin collects surface water when there are no storm sewers or sanitary sewers in close proximity.

Catch basins can be made of various materials including cast iron, steel, concrete, or plastic. Additionally, catch basins come in different shapes and sizes. For example, some catch basins are round while others are rectangular.

Storm drains vary in design from small residential dry wells to large municipal systems. Also, a catch basin may also be called a storm drain or roadside ditch. A storm drain typically features a grate to allow people to walk over it without getting their feet wet on rainy days.

Typically, catch basins are found along sidewalks as well as near buildings where they serve as an overflow for roof drains, gutters, and sometimes even toilets. A catch basin serving as an overflow is especially common for older buildings with plumbing that was not designed to handle rainfall runoff.

Ultimately, the overflow from these fixtures constantly drains into the catch basin along with any other water that pours from a drain opening.

What causes a catch basin to clog?

A couple of the common reasons catch basins clog include:

  • Debris: leaves, dirt, and other debris can clog a catch basin if it isn’t properly maintained.
  • Blocked Drains: some catch basins are used to drain stormwater from the building roofs as well as toilets in older buildings. When the drainage pipes that lead to these catch basins are blocked, water can’t efficiently flow to the municipal sewer. Consequently, obstructions will likely cause rainwater to run off into the street or your home rather than drain into the catch basin.

Catch Basins in the Chicagoland Area

Many people do not know what a catch basin is or that they have one in or near their home. While catch basins can be found outside, in older homes, they are often built into the drainage system.

The Chicagoland area has many homes that are 50 to 150 years old. Many of the homes built more than 50 years ago incorporated sewer systems that used catch basins. 

Catch basins were widely used because the municipal sewer systems could not handle the high volume of grease that commonly comes from dish soap, shampoo, and cooking grease. Catch basins divert all of the kitchen lines to a basin deep in the ground.

Diverting kitchen water to a subterranean basin allows grease to collect, cool and harden. Then, grease can be physically removed during routine maintenance and cleanings.

Rescue Plumbing: Experts in Catch Basin Repair

Catch basins are a great way to prevent flooding in your home and can remain clear of obstructions so long as they’re properly maintained.

Your catch basin may clog for the following reasons:

  • Too much grease, hair, or other debris
  • Improper maintenance
  • Neglect

If you have a problem with your catch basin, don’t hesitate to call us at Rescue Plumbing at (773) 799-8848 for professional service!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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A catch basin is a device that collects water from rain, snowmelt, and any other runoff before it enters the sewer system.

Catch basins are typically found along sidewalks as well as near buildings where they serve as an overflow for roof drains, gutters, and sometimes even toilets.

Check your sump pump system regularly. Also, a sewer camera inspection is always recommended to see if there are any leaves, dirt, and other debris that can clog a catch basin if it isn’t properly maintained. A catch basin clog is probably the result of an obstruction.

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