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Question DetailsAsked on 5/31/2016

Should I remove my catch basin?

We live in Chicago, where catch basins have been required for many years for kitchens and laundry (even for small residences). We have a three-flat, with a catch basin in our backyard that currently receives waste from the kitchens and sends that waste back under the house to the street in front.

But the catch basin is falling apart, and the bricks are caving into it. I received one bid, which seems like a lot of money, for repairing the basin. Should I repair it? Or can I just have someone connect the drain inside the basin from the house to the sewer line (also inside the basin), fill in around it, and call it a day?

My hesitation is that the catch basin is the main way we can see into the house's connection to the sewer (a 100-year-old clay pipe which is in remarkably good condition). Chicago code doesn't require catch basins anymore for residences with fewer than 6 units. Maybe I could create a new clean-out where the catch basin is? Am I missing another reason to keep it?

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