If your home is suffering from sinking foundation, buckling walls, or uneven floors, then it’s likely that water intrusion is to blame. In order to protect your home against the threat of moisture intrusion damage, install a drainage system today to best suit your property’s needs. One of the most trusted drainage system solutions on the market are catch basins, while atrium grates, rounded grates, and Flo-Wells also provide complimentary water invasion protection.

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What are Different Storm Drain Options?

There are a number of different types of storm drains that operate similarly to provide water protection for your property.

Several options include catch basins, atrium grates, and rounded grates, while Flo-Wells work well to compliment the previous drainage systems. Though similar in function, these different drainage system types vary slightly.

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What Are Catch Basins?

Catch basins, also known as drain boxes, are plastic or metal structures that connect to storm drain pipes. They can be either round or rectangular in shape and contain metal grates on top that capture debris which could otherwise clog the drainage system pipes. Catch basins/ drain boxes are ideal for situations in which excess water is pooling around the yard and harming plants in planters around the house. Like atrium grates, catch basins protect plants by removing excess water from the soil surrounding them. They are often connected to a drainage system that divert the water to the street side or Flo-Well for maximum efficiency in water removal.

What Are Atrium Grates?

Like catch basins, atrium grates are often used to remove water that pools in yards. Atrium grates are most often used in landscape areas, window wells, plant beds, or areas where leaves and other debris are at risk of clogging a flat grate drain system. Atrium grates come in a variety of different sizes and materials from round to square to polypropylene (poly) to brass.

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What are Rounded Grates?

Like atrium grates, rounded grates are also used in areas where debris and mulch might clog a flat grate, such as planter beds, landscape areas, and window wells.

Rounded grates are specially engineered in order to fit into various drain pipes and sewer systems and easily draining the water into the main drainage system. 

What are Flo-Wells?

Flo-Wells are units that are able to collect, retain, and discharge stormwater on-site as a sustainable solution for excess water runoff. An alternative to the traditional dry well, Flo-Wells can be used both independently or alongside an additional rainwater management system, such as those mentioned above. Flo-Wells are often used along with catch basins or atrium grates for best overall water management results.

Are Catch Basins Popular Drainage Systems?

Yes. Catch basins are the primary component of many yard drainage systems, as they are trusted to prevent water from pooling and damaging landscaping.

How Do Catch Basins Operate?

Catch basins are installed so that the grate is on top and the drainage pipe is sloped away from the basin. Water runoff and solids, such as debris, enter into the box through the grate opening. The solids settle to the bottom, while the water drains out of the pipe, which is often connected to a larger local plumbing system. This allows the water to be relocated to a stream or sewage plant that is away from the home.

What are catch basins most used for?

Catch basins are best suited for yards that have heavy rainfall and moderate to severe drainage problems. When properly installed and maintained, catch basins are able to serve as very beneficial rainwater reservoirs.

Where Are Catch Basins Installed?

The box of catch basins is set into the ground at a very low point in the property to provide proper drainage. This angling allows for maximum opportunity to catch debris, since the downstream angle prevents the pipes from becoming clogged as easily. The number of catch basins you will need to install, as well as the exact location, will depend on a professional inspection of your yard’s drainage needs to guarantee best results.

Would My Property Benefit From A Catch Basin/drain Boxes?

Chances our your home can benefit from a catch basin if you have noticed any of the following: regular water collection, water-saturated grass, dead vegetation in your yard, foul-smelling areas of your yard, abnormally high insect numbers, water pooling in the garage or basement after a storm, and mildew or mold in or outside of the home. Homes that have steel or concrete lining the edges of the yard or that are built on sloped terrain also are more likely to benefit from catch basin installation.

What Types Of Properties Are Catch Basins/drain Boxes Best For?

Catch basins are found in a variety of properties ranging from residential to business. They are able to serve a combination of purposes, as they can catch, hold, and filter excess water from landscaping, around the building, from surfaces, and from gutters.

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Catch Basins?

The pros of catch basins include the fact that they support drainage systems and act as a landscape aid. They are also very adept at preventing basement flooding, in turn boosting the value of your property. Cons of catch basins include possible pest attraction, debris discharge during heavy storms, and the possibility of sinkholes.

How Long Do Catch Basins Last?

The lifespan of your catch basin will depend largely on how well you clean and maintain the system. To guarantee best results, it’s important to make sure the drains are well maintained. Removing leaves, mulch, trash, and other debris from the catch basin will prevent clogging, but it’s important to do so in a safe and environmentally-friendly way.

Can You Install A Catch Basin Yourself?

When it comes to extending the lifespan of your catch basin for maximum savings and life expectancy, it’s always best to have professionals tend to your drainage system. Catch basins can be quite deep, while cleaning them can be an unpleasant ordeal. Professionals are best equipped to install and provide routine maintenance for catch basins. They will also be able to use their knowledge to ensure that your catch basin system will not quickly back up.

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