Catch Basin Question


Old 03-31-03, 11:04 AM
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Catch Basin Question

Hello everyone,

I have a catch basin that needs to be cleaned out and I was wondering if anyone had any good methods they could share. The place was built in the 1930's and the catch basin is outside, made of brick, and has a steel manhole cover over it for access. The water level is about 6' down. My ideas:

1. Get a bucket on a rope and try to pull the scum out. I don't know what to do with the scum though once it's removed. Can I flush it down the toilet which goes to different sewer?

2.) Add a chemical to the catch basin that will eat the scum.

I paid someone too much money last time because I didn't want to deal with it. They used the bucket method and took the stuff with them. Then threw some Lime in the catch basin and in the basement drains.


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Old 03-31-03, 01:24 PM
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Is this some kind of grease trap?
If it is, you need to dip it out with a bucket and throw it in the trash, not in a sewer line.
Good luck!
Old 03-31-03, 06:01 PM
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You could get a couple of bids with someone who has a Jet-Vac truck. This is a little different than a septic tank honey wagon.
The Jet-Vac has a high pressure washer on it which would make short work of any scum lines on the walls.
This would probably run a few hundred dollars, but it's an idea.
Old 04-21-03, 10:57 AM
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Thanks for the ideas gentlemen and sorry it took so long to get back.

I grabbed a bucket, put a bunch of 5/16" holes in it, connected it to the end of a rod, and went fishin. I pulled out a couple of big pieces, but when a few large areas broke away from the wall, they sank. I dug a little more and waited for about 30 minutes for it to re-surface, but nothing. I'm hoping even a large chunk will resurface eventually. Hopefully I didn't make a bad situation worse.

The good thing was, it didn't cost anything. I still want to add the Lime though.

Thanks again.
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