Culvert Repair Best Practices and How It Works

In Culvert Repair by Thistle Plumbing

A culvert is a fully enclosed drainage structure which runs under a road, railroad, or portion of land. The culvert allows the flow of water from one side of the road to the other side.

Culverts are made using piping materials, and in some cases, reinforced concrete. They are usually entrenched in order to be surrounded by soil. Culverts can also be used as roadway surfaces. However, the primary function is to transport water through a channel or pipe.

Culvert Repair Process

Over time, culverts can develop wear and tear after several years of continuous use. When this happens, it is important to carry out necessary repairs, else, the road might end up becoming affected. Thistle Plumbing & Hydrojetting, your trusted full-service plumber, brings you some of the best practices when it comes to culvert repairs.

The culvert repair process includes a series of steps, which begin with identifying the problem, carrying out necessary repairs, and maintaining the structure after repairs.

Determine the Cause of Deterioration

Furthermore, it is also important to determine the cause and extent of the damage or deterioration. Every effort needs to be made in order to eliminate or reduce the source of the deterioration. There may be a need to modify the original design or use another piping or constructing material which is less susceptible to the deterioration source.

Evaluate the Hydraulic Condition

If the current size of the culvert is not sufficient, then the hydraulic condition of the culvert needs to be reevaluated. By doing this, adequate changes will be made to cater for the changes in land use and the amount of precipitation and drainage flow that has occurred since the culvert was installed.

Evaluate the Structural Condition

In addition, the structural condition of the culvert needs to be evaluated. Factors such as safety, quality of pipe loading and installation, material properties of the culvert pipe, soil support, and reinforcement should be checked or repaired to ensure that the culvert is in good structural condition.

Evaluate Repair, Rehabilitation, and Replacement Options

After identifying the problem and cause of the damage or deterioration and evaluating the hydraulic and structural conditions of the culvert, the next thing is to choose the appropriate repair, rehabilitation, and replacement options.

While repair might be enough to keep the culvert in good working condition, rehabilitation will help restore the culvert to initial condition with improved structural support. Regardless of the chosen option, the most important thing is that your culvert should be designed to current industry design standards. Carrying out timely maintenance will help ensure that the culvert is in optimum working condition.

Choose Us for your Culvert Repairs

If you are looking for a reliable plumbing contractor to help carry out necessary repairs, rehabilitation, replacement, and maintenance on the culvert on your property, you can count on Thistle Plumbing & Hydrojetting to get the job done.

Our team of experienced plumbing and construction experts will make use of high-quality piping and construction materials to carry out necessary repairs on the culvert. We guarantee that the newly repaired culvert will serve you for an extended period.