Do you want to avoid standing water or flooding in on your property? Installing a concrete catch basin can help direct the flow of water so the water runs somewhere beneficial. That means knowing how to build a concrete catch basin, which is, as always, best left to the experts.

Installing a catch basin helps avoid problems with erosion or other issues associated with an influx of water. Rogue Valley Precast builds concrete catch basins for partners who have drainage problems in parking lots, inlet and outlet water flows, and other parts of their drainage systems.

Properties collect water at the lowest point. We recommend partnering with a professional manufacturer for projects of this type. It takes more than just having to dig a hole and installing metal grates to prevent water from going where it is not needed.

Here are some tips on how to create a concrete catch basin system for your property’s water level and surface area.

  • Find the right location for the basin
  • Excavate
  • Check before installing
  • Gravel

#1: Find the right location for the basin.

Concrete catch basins should be installed in lower spots where excess water collects and causes drainage issues. The best way to get that water routed to the right area is by using a gutter system that uses one drainpipe to empty into the basin. Be sure that the water is being moved away from your home.

#2: Excavate.

Dig an area near the buried part of your home’s foundation, right underneath the main drainpipe. You can make the catch basin as big as you need. But for most residences, a two-by-two-foot catch basin is adequate when using a six-inch drain. If you have a larger roof or live in an area where there is a lot of rain that causes standing water or flooding, you may need a larger catch basin.

#3: Check before installing.

Make sure all of the basin and outlet pipe connections are watertight, so there is no water that gets in through cracks. Sealing the area with waterproof silicone on the outside of the basin where it connects to the output pipe is a good idea. Once the pipe is twisted into position, flip the basin over and drill some holes in the bottom until the outlet is completely sealed.

#4: Gravel.

Place gravel and large rocks in the basin hole that you excavated, then place the bin on top of it. The basin should be equal to the ground surrounding it. You can also use wire mesh on top of the basin. This keeps large debris out and makes it easier to clean the basin.

Not sure where to begin? At Rogue Valley Precast, we are concrete specialists! We can help determine what type of precast cement you need for your catch basin project. This may assist you in getting it built and ready to go for the rainiest of days.

Contact us today to learn more. We’re Southern Oregon’s precast concrete expert. We provide a wide range of precast concrete products for residential and commercial enterprises.

We look forward to speaking with you!

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