Showing posts from May, 2020

Catch Basins |

What is a Catch Basin Catch Basins  can flow directly to a sump, brook, creek, river, lake, bay, and sometimes right to the ocean. It is not uncommon to find used engine oil, antifreeze, and other common solvents and toxins inside of  Catch Basins .  I have also found animals stuck in these drains, bullfrogs, a snake, big turtles, fish, and crawfish. I even found my cat Stormy, he was less than two months old stuck in a storm drain. Keeping toxins out of  catch basins  and  storm drains  is very necessary for the  environment .  Having a reputable company clean your  catch basins , storm drains,  dry wells , outflow pipes, is also critical. When a business cares to clean a drain correctly and dispose of the material correctly it keeps the  environment  healthy which benefits all ecosystems, our food, water, animals, and even each other. In some cases the bottom of a  Catch Basin  is solid, other times they have, what I refer to as a weep hole that leaches rain wa

What is Storm Water |

WHAT IS STORM WATER? Storm water (or polluted runoff) is rain or melting snow that flows over the ground. In urban or developed areas, storm water runs over pavement and parking lots, picking up oil and other pollutants before flowing into a nearby river or stream. In more natural areas including forests and wetlands, storm water can soak into the ground, or be stored and filtered. WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS OF “IMPERVIOUS SURFACES”? Impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots, and roofs associated with sprawling urban development significantly change natural river flow patterns and the recharge of underground water supplies. Rainfall cannot soak into the ground through these surfaces and thus does not replenish groundwater supplies. Impervious surfaces also increase the amount and speed of water entering rivers and other water bodies. The result is an increase in the severity and frequency of floods, the displacement and destruction of habitat for fish and other water

A Camera Inspection Professional Service |

Training a good CCTV inspection operator doesn’t happen by accident; it requires precise planning. This will ensure that training covers every important and necessary point. A plan will also provide a measuring stick of the candidate’s progress. Many operators are asked to begin inspecting pipe after only receiving a few days of factory orientation and PACP training. As valuable as this training is, it doesn’t come close to sufficiently preparing an operator. There are many other areas that need to be learned and practiced. Training goals should be documented and then checked off as milestones are achieved. Ensuring that each area is covered in detail will guarantee the operator is fully competent at the conclusion of the training period. Training can be broken down into four main areas: 1 . Safety, setups and traffic control This is a great place to begin. By observing how the CCTV van pulls up to the work site and sets up traffic control, they will learn the proper

Best Management Practices of Cleaning & Maintaining Storm Drains |

Storm drain and catch basin cleaning are critical components to keeping local waterways clear. Best management practices should be incorporated into standard operating procedures to ensure performance objectives are met and to ensure the safety of the work crew performing the cleaning and the general public.  It is important to know the purpose of the cleaning , which is typically one of the following: Emergency   — The requirement is to remove or relieve a blockage to prevent storm water overflow, backup, noncompliance and property damage. Routine maintenance  — The requirement is to maintain the hydraulic handling capacity of the storm sewer system, as well as prevent point source pollution from entering a waterway. New construction  — The purpose of cleaning new construction storm drainage systems is to remove any sediment or debris that mats have accumulated in a new system during the construction process.  Once All Storm Drains Inc. determine the reason f