If you own property that has a culvert on it than we have a question for you. Do you pay attention to culvert maintenance? If you answered no to this question, you could be facing some serious environmental fines and legal issues. You see, a culvert is basically a tunnel or closed conduit that’s responsible for distributing and re-directing stormwater and snowmelt runoff from one area to another. They are most often utilized to move water from one side of a road to another aide. Culverts can be either round or boxed shaped and are mostly pre-fabricated.
They’re usually made of materials such as metal pipes, reinforced concrete and other materials. These tunnel-like structures are set in or implanted within the surrounding landscape. Although the pipe is buried underground, the mouth of the culvert is open at ground level so that the stormwater and or snowmelt runoff can easily enter into the pipe. A culvert basically has two jobs. First and foremost, it needs to be able to safely distribute large amounts of flowing water from one area to another in order to avoid floods.
For example, a great deal of roads and other important structures would simply wash away if the culverts were not there to protect them. The second job is handling the weight of anything that travels on the road or ground above the tunnel. For example, if it’s running under a road, the structure needs to be strong enough to absorb all of the weight without collapsing. Culverts are basically one of those things that seem so obvious that the vast majority of people never take the time to give them any consideration.
In addition, these structures are so common in our area that they all but blend into the surrounding landscape. However, without them, your life would be a lot more difficult. So would your neighbors. Think about it in the following manner. If a culvert on your property isn’t working properly, what do you think happens to all of that water? If you think it will flood your property and the surround area including your neighbor’s property than you are correct. That’s why culvert maintenance is so important.
Even though the mouths of the tunnels have large openings, they tend to block up with tree branches, sand, dirt, rocks, garbage and other debris. If that happens, it can easily cause a flood. If the pipe breaks or is compromised in any other way, it also causes a flood. The bottom line is that if a flood starts on your property, you’re responsible for it from a legal, financial, and environmental standpoint. The good news is that we can help you with culvert maintenance that will avoid floods.
If you have any questions about our culvert maintenance services, or would like to schedule an appointment 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.
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