Purposes that the Silt Fence Serves
Silt fences have several purposes for the construction project, as mentioned earlier. Two of these purposes are security, and easy identification. Sometimes when a construction project is located on the side of the road, it can cause danger to the motorists especially at night. Hence, silt fences are placed along the sides of the road to tell motorists the boundary of the construction project so that they can avoid hitting them, and avoid injuries and other complications.
Silt fences are also serving a purpose for security. They identify the jurisdictions in which the property owner and security personnel have the legal authority to drive people out of the area, and when they can prosecute them for grounds of trespassing.
The third purpose of silt fences is to keep the sediments that resulted from ground breaking and from other digging within the construction site. Now this is a legal obligation in the part of the construction company and the property owner. Laws dictate that companies should prevent sediments that result from their projects from escaping and polluting the storm sewer systems of the city in whose jurisdiction the project lies.
Last but not the least, is advertising. Silt fences can actually be used to advertise a company, and silt fence providers are actually designing them to serve that very purpose. Now how do they do that?
Actually silt fences can be fitted with vinyl or printed shade cloth banners. Most of the times, these banners are brightly colored especially for off-road projects so that they can be identified and easily spotted at night. Now, these banners can be printed with whatever information the company deems. This information can be company name and contact information, which by itself is not only identification but also advertising the company to passers-by.
Environmental Benefits of Silt Fences
As mentioned earlier, silt fences are designed to stop the products of in-site soil erosion from escaping into the areas outside the site of the project itself. This is mandated by law, and is implemented as a measure to address the environmental concerns that soil erosion has brought up.
One of the concerns is the pollution of the water system in the city where the project is located. Once sediments find their way into the storm sewer system as a result of the construction project, what can result is degradation in the water supply of the city. This can cause health problems as well as drainage related problems. These sediments can result into clogging within the storm sewer systems which can cause overflows in the event of a strong rain and a storm, for which these sewer systems are designed to address. These overflows can be annoying, and could have been avoided if there had been no sediments and other residue clogging the storm sewer systems.
With silt fences, however, the company can make sure that none of the sediments its construction has dug will make it to the storm sewer systems in the city. This can save him from the possible problems and expenses related to sedimentation in the city's storm sewer systems.
A silt fence is a common sight at locations where landscaping or construction work is being carried out. They are designed to minimize the risk of erosion and overspill during various projects. Manufactured out of a porous material, they are affixed into place by attaching them to temporary, yet sturdy, posts. The fabric is pushed into the ground to ensure they work as designed.
These special barriers are made to prohibit the movement of sediment from a specific area, whilst allowing water to run off unhindered.