We have all seen catch basins in parking lots that are full of leaves and other debris. These catch basins collect water from the storm drains, but if they aren’t cleaned out regularly, they can overflow when it rains or when a car backs into them. If your catch basin is full of crumbly material, you need to replace it for safety reasons.
These four signs will let you know if your catch basin has served its purpose:
1) The Catch Basin is Sinking
Catch basins should be level with the rest of your parking lot. If it is sinking, you will need to replace it because the concrete around the basin isn’t structurally sound and needs replacement. The drainage pipes that feed into this catch basin or other nearby basins in your parking lot may have problems.
Once the catch basin becomes noticeably older than the surrounding parking lot panels, it is time to take action. Crumbly basins will need replacement by this point because they cannot handle the erosion due to the elements over the years.
The concrete around the catch basin becomes worn out with age and needs replacement, including all interior components that feed into your drainage system. Always hire an experienced and professional company like C.H. Paving and Sealcoating for catch basin repair or other paving work in your parking lot.
3) Signs of Deterioration
Holes or cracks around the catch basin may be the first signs of deterioration. If these holes or cracks become more extensive and severe over time, your catch basin has likely fulfilled its service life.
Finally, you may find rust around the catch basin’s grate, which suggests corrosion due to wear and tear due to years of parking lot use. Rusting will only get worse if not addressed immediately with replacement by a professional company like ours!
4) The Catch Basin Becomes a Tripping Hazard
A catch basin becomes a tripping hazard when its grate elevates from the surrounding asphalt. If you notice that the catch basin is rising, it means that its foundation has been compromised and must be replaced.
Not only is the elevated catch basin a tripping hazard it can become a source of inconveniences for all stakeholders using your property. You can find standing water on your pavement, a breeding ground for mosquitos, leading to the spread of diseases.
Other potential hazards are exposed pipelines and electrical conduits that can become faulty without proper maintenance or protection via catch basin covers. The former poses electrocution risks, while the latter exposes your business to property damage due to its costly repairs.
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, then C.H. Paving and Sealcoating can help you. Our comprehensive pavement installation and maintenance services include drainage repair, which helps protect your property in Morristown, NJ, from the dangers of excessive flooding. Get a free estimate from our team now!