Catch Basin Installation: Residential


If you have areas around your home where water tends to pool, or if the topography of your yard allows water to move where it can cause damage or inconvenience, then a catch basin might be just what you need to eliminate water problems. Simply put, a catch basin is a device that collects water from wherever it tends to collect and either allows it to drain downward and/or move it to another area such as out to a street. It also helps to reduce the amount of sediment and debris that flows to nearby rivers and streams.

Catch Basin Installation: What’s Involved?

Virtually any good home center will stock catch basins in a variety of sizes, types, and materials. Nearly all of them have several elements in common. Almost all of them are installed with an elbow that is down turned or forming a tee, which traps floating materials. Catch basins are installed in this manner:

  • Remove any leaves or other debris from the area where you want to install your catch basin.
  • Dig a hole roughly the size and shape of the catch basin, allowing enough room for some gravel below the basin and some space on top to bury it.
  • Next, you will need to determine the optimal configuration of the catch basin that you will use. Most catch basins come with pipes that are adjustable to the heights of your piping. By breaking off one or two places you can make your drain fit high, medium, and low pipes.
  • Now you need to install the piping that will help with runoff from your catch basin, making sure that the level of the pipes corresponds with the heights you have chosen on the basin.
  • Add gravel under the basin. This will act allow water to settle before it goes to the pipes.
  • Set the catch basin in the hole you have prepared and connect the pipes to the sides.
  • Place the grate over the catch basin so the over flow will be strained.

Your catch basin is now installed and should operate flawlessly. Make sure that you take the time to clean it often and thoroughly since the more often you perform the necessary maintenance on the drain, the better it will work.

  • It is also a good idea to observe these safety tips:
  • Exercise caution when removing the screening grate as it may be heavy.
  • Don’t leave your catch basin open and unattended.

Never access a catch basin or other drainage device unless you understand its operation and are properly trained to do so.

You should also be careful to understand that as the “generator” of the waste that will end up in the bottom of your catch basin, you will be responsible for making sure that it is disposed of properly and does not end up in nearby lakes and/or streams. If you need help determining where best to put the debris you have collected, you should contact your local office of environmental quality for the appropriate guidance.