Catch basin cleaning tips

Catch Basin Cleaning Tips

At Harco Plumbing & Mechanical in Guelph, we know just how important catch basins are.

According to the City of Portland, Oregon’s Environmental Services, they lower the amount of debris and sediment that enters our waterways and protect downstream pipes from blockage issues.

As such, it’s vital that you regularly clear out your own catch basins so that they can do their job of safeguarding our water quality, says Portland’s environmental department.

The following are some tips you can use to properly clean them (courtesy of Portland’s Environmental Services).

-Clear out any trash or leaves from the catch basin’s grate so it doesn’t clog.

-Put up “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream” signs next to any grates that are in at-risk areas.

-The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that you clean the basin “if the depth of solids reaches one-third the depth from the basin bottom to the invert of the lowest pipe into or out of the basin.”

-To clear out the basin, lift up the grate (caution: it may be heavy). Use a shovel to remove sediment or debris and a bucket to remove water. Discard the water in a sanitary sewer via a shop sink or drain. Dry out the removed solids and then dispose of them accordingly.

-To minimize the amount of times your catch basins need cleaning, be sure to sweep your lot frequently.

At Harco, we specialize in a wide range of heating and plumbing services, including catch basin cleaning, radiant floor heating, water softeners, and boilers. Contact us today to learn more.

Harco Plumbing & Mechanical is located at 69 Fleming Road in Guelph. Call us at 519-265-6423, email us at, or visit us online at for more information. We also service Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Stratford (519-880-0105), as well as Woodstock and Innerkip (519-421-1827).

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