Frequently Asked Questions About Catch Basins And Asphalt Surfaces

25 July 2017
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If you have an asphalt parking lot, a catch basin may have been recommended to you by a paving contractor. However, this is not a term that you may be familiar with. Getting answers to the questions you have about catch basins will help you make an informed and educated decision on whether you should have on installed in your parking lot. 

What is a Catch Basin? 

A catch basin is a drainage system that is designed to help drain water away from your parking lot. The catch basin has a grate system from which water can fall from your parking lot into the basin. From there, pipes or tubing are used to carry the water to an area where it can safely drain without flooding your land. 

What Are the Benefits of Installing a Catch Basin? 

The main benefit to a catch basin is that it prevents water from puddling on your asphalt parking lot. Puddling water can cause the sealcoat on your asphalt to wear out sooner, and it can cause the asphalt itself to crack or crumble. People may also be hesitant to visit businesses in your shopping center if they are constantly stepping in puddles every time it rains. And sitting water can be a liability, as someone may not see a hole in the asphalt due to a puddle and fall or cars may get in an accident because of slick conditions. 

What Are the Signs That a Catch Basin Should Be Installed? 

If you have water that does not naturally drain from your parking lot, a catch basin may be installed. A paving contractor may recommend one when they see signs of water damage on your concrete surface. Depending on the size of your parking lot and where water is pooling or collecting, multiple catch basins may be installed. In some cases, the asphalt surface may need to be resurfaced and graded to help guide water toward these basins. 

Does a Catch Basin Need Special Care or Maintenance? 

A catch basin does not require any special care or maintenance. The system is designed to be self-sufficient. However, should you notice asphalt cracking or crumbling around the basin, you will want to call out a professional to repair the cracks or damage to keep the grate in place over the catch basin. 

Contact a company like Imperial Paving for more information and assistance on keeping your pavement in check.