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How to Maintain Your Catch Basin

Catch basins are often an afterthought for many homeowners. However, the catch basin plays a vital role during storms and heavy rainfalls, preventing flooding and capturing debris. Neglected catch basins can lead to flooding, which can negatively impact your home’s foundation. For this reason, we recommend that homeowners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area clean out their catch basins on a regular basis.

Catch Basin Cleaning

Area drains and catch basins are designed to accept a certain amount of debris along with the water. The debris drops to the bottom and the water level rises and enters the exit tube. If they are not cleaned regularly, they will eventually fill with debris and clog the line. It is a good idea to pop the lids and scoop out the debris as often as once a month.  After cleaning the debris, you can wash the basins out with water and fill them to test that they are flowing water properly.

Catch basins collect rain and storm water and release the debris buildup into the municipal sewer system. Basins are placed in areas prone to collecting standing water. This prevents flooding that may affect soil conditions. Water absorption causes the soil to expand and contract, in turn causing home foundations to shift. Flooding is one of the primary reasons foundation repairs are needed in the first place.

This is precisely why catch basin cleaning is crucial. If too many solids accumulate, the water draining tube becomes blocked.

Catch Basin Drainage Repair

Catch basins should be cleaned when the interior is filled one-third of the way with solid debris. For some areas, the maintenance may be as often as once a month. If you notice water overflow, nearby pest infestation, or an excessively damp yard, then the basin may require a professional drainage system repair. Depending on the foundation, soil type, and current condition of the basin, this may include additional solutions, such as:

  • Gravel-heavy trenches to redirect the water
  • A sump pump installation
  • Soil contouring for better water flow

Don’t wait until a backup occurs to call in a drainage repair expert. Taking preventative steps to improve your drainage system before a problem arises not only saves you money, but helps promote the long-term health of your home foundation, while also reducing environmental risks.

Catch Basin Maintenance for Property Owners

There are steps you can take on your end to keep the basin in good operating order. This doesn’t eliminate the need for professional cleaning, but it does keep the basin in acceptable condition in between servicing.

While basins can accommodate some level of debris, never actively dump trash inside. This includes all waste products, such as pet waste, cooking oil, or grease. Such garbage will not make its way to the treatment facility and may instead end up in nearby lakes and rivers.

You should also regularly check the grate to be sure there are no obstructions that may prevent the unit from accepting water. About once a month, you should check how full the basin is with debris. A simple visual check may not be possible due to the grate being in the way. A solution around this is to stick a broom into the opening and see how deep it’s able to go down.

Catch basin maintenance is part of being a responsible property owner. Foundational repairs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area may also include drainage solutions to improve the basin’s efficiency. Contact Align Foundation Repair to determine if your property can benefit from drainage repairs or installations.

Signs Of Foundation Problems

Signs Your Foundation May Need Repairing

Whether you’re on the verge of purchasing a new house or are already a homeowner, it’s important to be able to spot the warning signs of foundation damage. The majority of Texas homes are built on slab foundations, which are subject to cracks and fissures as the underlying ground settles. The good news is you can save significant costs (and headaches) by detecting and addressing structural problems early on. Even minor foundation problems – when left unaddressed– can result in more serious and expensive repairs down the line.

How to know if my foundation is off?

Keep in mind that time isn’t always the culprit when it comes to foundation damage and failure. Foundation problems can creep up in newly constructed homes and older ones. Don’t let structural problems in a masonry or concrete foundation worsen over time. While you may not be able to identify the source of the problem without a professional inspection, foundation problems are relatively easy to recognize, once you know what to look out for.

10 signs your foundation may need repair

Foundation repair signs around your home may be subtle or obvious.  Here are some visible clues that may indicate your foundation is compromised.

  • Windows or doors that used to open easily are now misaligned and difficult to shut
  • Cracks in brick or masonry walls, particularly over windows and doorways
  • Warped or bowed ceilings
  • Sloped floors; joint separation in wood floors; popped floor tiles
  • Gaps or cracks in the seam between walls and the ceiling
  • Standing water around the perimeter of the house, in crawl spaces or the basement
  • A chimney that leans in one direction
  • Buckling, ruptures or hairline cracks in the foundation (may be horizontal, zig-zagging or vertical)
  • Stoops or front porches that appear to have sunken
  • Exterior walls that are crumbling or show signs of moisture intrusion

Note that it is completely normal for properties to settle over time, and construction materials are designed to accommodate moderate soil shifts. Hairline cracks in your masonry walls or concrete foundation are not always signs of imminent damage, whereas larger horizontal cracks are generally more serious concerns. Improper water drainage is another telltale indicator that a foundation crack has occurred, as this can redirect water to lower areas.

Foundation repair in Garland, Texas

If you notice signs of foundation problems, you’ll want professional foundation evaluation as soon as possible. For residents of Garland, foundation repair is cost-efficient and backed by an industry-leading warranty. Discover why homeowners throughout Texas have come to trust Align Foundation Repair when it comes to superior workmanship, proven techniques and the highest quality products. Contact us today for a visit and we’ll be happy to provide a free foundation repair estimate.

Additional Resources on Foundation Repair Signs:

  1. HouseLogic, Identifying House Foundation Problems https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/understanding-foundation-problems/
  2. com, Signs of Foundation Problems: Should You Fix Them, or Run? https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/signs-of-foundation-problems/
  3. Today’sHomeowner, Foundation Problems, https://www.todayshomeowner.com/foundation-problems/