3 ways to protect your worksite during Christmas shutdown
Keeping the exposed soils and drains on your worksite protected and secure while you’re away can be tricky, especially when the weather has other ideas. The months between October and March in NSW are known as “Severe Thunderstorm Season”, bringing with it very heavy rain, hail, flash flooding and high speed winds. If you haven’t planned ahead and made the proper preparations, the damage your site may take will cost you in time and money. Here are three ways to prevent this during the Christmas shutdown.
1. Install sediment fencing
Sediment fencing, also known as silt fencing, is a synthetic fabric staked into the ground to catch any sediment and keep it from washing off your worksite. It has a lifespan of 6 months or more if maintained correctly and is easy to install and remove at the end of your job. It’s a simple and cost effective way to catch sediment carried across your worksite by rain or flash flooding.
Take care to install your fencing along the contours of your site to ensure you collect the dirty water rather than simply diverting it and causing more damage elsewhere. Don’t forget that like most things, it needs to be maintained to perform at its best.
2. Protect drain surfaces
Heavy rains and flash flooding can destroy unsealed roadside drains, making it harder and more frustrating to keep your site looking its best when it’s time to begin work again. For best performance, cover the surface of your drains to protect the soils and to ensure the damage is minimal. Some options for this are Polymer spray, Jute and Bitumen, and Geofabric.
Polymer spray is a fast and cost effective means to protect your drains from erosion. It can be sprayed on and can provide up to 6 months protection.
Jute matting is an organic geotextile which is both cost effective and eco-friendly. It is placed over the drain, allowing air and water through while protecting the precious topsoil. This jute is often then coated with Bitumen, or Gro Mulch as it’s also known, to bind the soil and protect from erosion.
Geofabric can be used to cover the soil, however due to the fact that it is often then disposed of in landfill, it is the least favourable option, but still better than bare soil!!!
3. Apply polymer to prevent topsoil washing away
Ecoscape Solutions use hydromulching equipment to apply polymers as a temporary but necessary layer of soil protection, not only in the wet weather, but also during dry and windy weather. This helps to lock in valuable topsoil, control erosion as well as dust, and stabilise and restore vegetation on disturbed soil sites. Polymer is a great, simple and cost effective method of stabilising sites for short term erosion and sediment control.
Ecoscape Solutions provides tailored advice to help you know what’s best for your worksite. To enquire about erosion and sediment control measures to help throughout this wet weather period, give us a call on 1800 326 722 or click the button below.