Did you know that culvert maintenance helps avoid floods? Many municipalities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have culverts. They are mostly located in rural areas. If you’re not familiar with what a culvert is and what it does it’s basically a ditch that either runs under a road/driveway or next to one. In essence, they provide excessive amounts of water from rainstorms and snowmelt runoff with an area to collect and then be distributed to a drainage system for disposal. The bottom line is that culverts help avoid flooding.

For example, if the excessive amount of rainwater and snowmelt runoff has nowhere to collect it could very well flood the streets and properties where you live. On that note, if the culverts are not properly maintained it can also lead to flooding. The good news is that culvert maintenance on a regular basis goes a long way in avoiding floods. Culvert maintenance is incredibly important due to the fact that if they’re not properly taken care of it will lead to drainage problems. In addition to floods, drainage issues also include damage to both roadways and driveways.

That is why you simply cannot delay culvert maintenance if you have one on your property. If a culvert is located on your property you are responsible for having it cleaned and inspected. That means if you fail to do this and the culvert is not working properly it can cause a flood and damage to the surrounding area. You are responsible for the flood and the damage from a financial and legal standpoint. If you don’t have a flood insurance policy in place it will cost you money out of pocket. It is in your best interest to ensure that your culvert is working correctly at all times.

Culverts can easily fill up with debris such as trash, sticks, branches, sand, dirt, leaves, grass, and rocks. Although they are large in diameter they can quickly fill up with this debris. If they become blocked the rainwater and snowmelt runoff simply can’t pass through. Even if the water flow through your culvert is reduced by as little as 20% it can negatively affect the water drainage. That means if you ignore culvert maintenance it is highly likely that it will cause damage to the culvert. Unfortunately, if your culvert becomes damaged it is expensive to have fixed.

In addition the culvert could easily cause a flood. The good news is that our culvert maintenance services are cost effective and incredibly efficient. We highly suggest having your culvert maintained twice per year in the spring and late fall, or anytime that the blockage exceeds 20%.

If you have any questions about our culvert maintenance services in New England, or would like to schedule service we are happy to help. Please contact us today! Jolin Paving & Excavating, Inc. is your New England connection for a vast variety of environmentally related services. Our company has been serving Boston Massachusetts, Southern NH, VT & ME as well as Northern CT & RI since 1952. Please Contact us to learn more today. Environmental related issues occur all of the time, and can strike at any time. That is exactly why you need to have a local and reliable environmental services company at the helm and ready to go whenever you actually need them.