Do you know why culvert maintenance is important? The answer is simple. Culvert maintenance is important because it helps keep the streets from flooding when it rains outside. It also helps keep the streets from flooding when large amounts of snow melt at the same time. Here’s another interesting fact that you need to be well aware of. Culvert maintenance is your responsibility if the culvert is located on your property. Although a great deal of culverts are located on city or town property and is the responsibility of the local municipality, the exact opposite is true if it’s positioned on your grounds.
In essence, if a culvert is located on your property you own it. That means you are also responsible for any and all culvert maintenance tasks. The problem is most people are completely unaware of this fact until it is too late. Although culverts are typically wide in diameter they can still clog up rather easily with tree branches and other debris. When they do become clogged the excessive amounts of rainwater and or snowmelt runoff simply can no longer flow through them. That’s when flooding occurs.
The bottom line is that rainwater and snowmelt runoff enters into the culverts and then is distributed to areas where the water is not in danger of flooding. For example, the water may flow through the culvert and be distributed to a local waterway such as a pond, lake, stream, or river. The water may flow through the culvert and be distributed to a man made retention pond that is located within the vicinity. In many cases, the water is distributed from the culvert to a waste treatment facility. However, if the culvert is blocked it cannot do it’s job.
That means the water will back up and flow to your property. It could also flow to your neighbors’ property or even into the street. If flooding occurs it can cost a significant amount of money in property damages. You may very well be responsible for those damages from both a legal and financial point of view. Since most people do not have flood insurance, you may be responsible to pay out of pocket for any damages the flood causes to you, your neighbors, or the municipality. You may also be on the hook for some hefty fines with local and federal government agencies.
The good news is that it certainly doesn’t need to come to that. Simply call your local culvert maintenance specialist today. They will come out and inspect your culvert for damage and clean out any blockages or clogs. That way you won’t need to worry about being the cause of floods in your neighborhood.
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