If you have a culvert on your property, or are responsible for the culverts in your city or town, we have an incredibly important message to share with you. Culvert maintenance is key in the spring. There are actually two (2) times per year that you should have your culverts inspected and maintained. Those times of year are the early to late spring, and the late fall. Culverts tend to clog up with branches and sticks that have fallen off of the trees during the harsh winter months. They also tend to fill up with debris that is left behind during the snowmelt runoff.
For example, the snowmelt runoff gathers a bunch of materials as it flows. It’s not unusual for sand, dirt, trash, and other debris to wind up in the culverts. Between the tree branches and sticks, and other items that are entering into the culverts, it’s no wonder that they clog up easily at this time of year.
So what can happen if you decide to skip having the culvert maintenance this upcoming spring season? It can actually lead to disaster. This is because culverts are designed to allow water to flow under roads, railroad tracks, trails, and other similar obstructions. When culverts fail so too does access to the structures they protect.
Culverts are usually embedded in the ground and surrounded by soil. When the snow cover melts all at once or there is a severe rainstorm, there is an excess amount of water to deal with. That water will flow through the culvert so it doesn’t wipe out the road, railroad track, trail, or other similar obstructions. However, if the culvert is blocked and the water cannot flow through it, the water will back up and cause flooding. In severe cases the soil around the culvert will give out entirely, which puts the entire area that the culvert is protecting in jeopardy.
Just imagine for a minute or two if a major roadway in your city or town is wiped out completely because a culvert flooded. Do you know what kind of damage that can cause? The financial impact can be staggering. It can also at the extreme end cost human lives. The good news is that culvert flooding can be completely avoided if they are taken care of properly. It’s as simple as picking up the phone and calling us to schedule a culvert maintenance. That way you will never need to worry about your culvert or the culverts that you are responsible for failing.
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. & Vacuum Truck Services 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.