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Cleaning Out Catch Basins in Parking Lots

Picture this unpleasant, but very relatable scenario: You’ve just parked your car in a lot, open the door, stick one leg out to step down, and suddenly your foot hits the flooded ground, soaking through your shoes. Not much feels worse than wet socks, and you probably didn’t think to bring a spare pair!

How did this happen?
Believe it or not, it actually can be the result of an unclean, clogged catch basin in the parking lot. A catch basin is a concrete structure with a grate at ground level that surface water will drain into along with dirt and debris. The dirt and debris are collected in the catch basin. Small debris and water travel down into the basin, prohibiting the land around it from flooding, especially during a heavy rainstorm or after significant snowmelt. So, when a catch basin clogs it does not allow the water to drain off to its destination.

Why does it matter?
Not only is a clogged catch basin frustrating for customers and employees trying to walk in parking lots, but it also can cause severe damage. An abundance of water can travel into your facilities, causing leaks and mold in the foundation. However, with properly working catch basins, the parking lots will be able to continue to effectively drain this excess water safely into the ground.

What can be done to prevent it?
Next time there’s a forecast of excess rain or snowmelt in your area, grab your phone instead of an umbrella. As your trusted catch basin cleaning company, Eastern Pipe Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year servicing all throughout New England in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Our catch basin cleaning professionals are fully trained and equipped to handle any needs your lot may have. Give us a call at 800-595-7907 or send us a message to get started!

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