The combination of warmer weather and springtime precipitation can quickly overwhelm culverts that may have become clogged during the winter, leading to slow drainage or even flooding. The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to keep your culverts in working order.
- Inspect your culverts for obvious blockages. Over time debris can build up against the openings of your culverts, restricting or even stopping flow. Regularly inspecting your culverts and clearing debris is one of the simplest and most effective steps to minimize potential flooding.
- Check the overall condition of your culverts. In addition to become obstructed by debris at the opening, culverts can become filled with silt or damaged over time. Water can also scour out around the openings, which can lead to a host of other problems. Some specific things to look for in addition to sediment blockage:
- Scouring – See if water has eroded around the inlet or the outlet. Eventually, this erosion will cause the culvert to fail and can lead to flooding and complete washouts of the road.
- Corrosion – Metal culverts will eventually rust out, weakening the structure and leading to culvert failure, potholes in the overlying surface, and consequently higher risk of washouts.
- Other Damage – If your culvert has concrete, check for cracks or chipping in the concrete.
- If anything is wrong, FIX IT! Preventative maintenance to keep your culverts fully functional is always cheaper than the costs of correcting flooding, washouts or culvert failure. When a culvert is blocked or filled with sediment it simply will not function properly, so it is highly important to keep it clean and in good condition. And if the job of cleaning or repairing it seems beyond your abilities, we can help! With Bulldogger Services on your side the costs of cleaning or repairing your culverts are likely cheaper and less intrusive than you may think. Whether it’s cleaning a culvert or fixing a damaged one, we offer the following services to solve the problem without having to dig it out:
- Culvert cleaning – our proprietary methods offer an environmentally-friendly way to quickly and effectively clean the culvert in place.
- Culvert rehabilitation – for those culverts that need repair or rehabilitation beyond a good cleaning, our no-dig rehabilitation services can give you a culvert that works as good as new without having to dig it out and replace it.
Following these quick tips can help ensure that April showers don’t overpower your drainage systems. If you would like more tips for keeping your culverts in good order, or to find out how we can help keep them there, please get in touch with us.