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Storm Drain Catch Basins

Storm drain catch basins are an important element to storm water drainage systems. They are needed to gather rainwater and filter debris and contaminants. Originally, catch basins were used by ancient civilizations to protect crops against flooding and secure excess water in case of drought.

Today, storm drain catch basins are part of an intricate water management protocol used across the nation. Managing storm water is crucial to prevent flooding, as well as controlling the level of pollutants that are discharged into waterways.

Catch basins are receptacles typically installed along curbs, in planters and parking lots and used to accept water into the drainage system. Some drainage systems may include oil and water separators, to confine environmental contaminants. If this is the case, it is vital for catch basins to be cleaned regularly to remove stored contaminants and lessen levels released into waterways.

Vacuum trucks may be used to clean catch basins if necessary. Most municipalities perform may clean filtered catch basins on an annual basis unless a system requires more frequent cleaning. Catch basin maintenance also involves cleaning retention or detention ponds included in the system and clearing open ditches of weeds and debris.

Storm drains carry millions of water every day. Obviously, they need to be constructed of durable materials that can withstand the weight of water while controlling flow rates.

Drainage engineering is the first step in designing storm water systems. Engineers gather information through site surveying and subsurface utility engineering SUE to determine how the system needs to be designed.

There are several types of drainage catch basins. The type required depends on the kind of application involved, along with state mandates. For instance, Seattle Washington and the state of Alaska have different requirements than other areas of the country.

Although catch basins come in all sizes, shapes, and various materials there are two primary kinds used. These include curb inlet catch basins or drop inlets.

Curb inlets are also referred to as curb openings. This type of storm drain is commonly found along sidewalks of city streets and residential communities. When curb opening catch basins are usually poured in place, formed from wood with steel rebar, and do not come pre-manufactured.

Drop inlet drainage basins on the other hand are typically manufactured from precast concrete and covered with a steel grate. They are placed in low lying areas. This way, rainwater is designed to flow into and through the drop inlet, and continue down into the drainage system. You may notice drop inlet catch basins most often used in parking lots.

Storm water runoff is transported through the system by means of underground water pipes and channels. In most cases, storm water is discharged into oceans and other watersheds, but sometimes is stored in retention ponds or detention drain storage systems.

Installing drainage systems for public works or commercial projects necessitates hiring a storm drain contractor. It is essential to work with reputable companies that possess experience in the type of work required.

Kana Pipeline has been installing storm drain catch basins and related systems throughout southern California since 1984. Click here to learn more about our company and the services we offer or contact us today to discuss your construction project needs.