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How should silt fences be installed and maintained?

How should silt fences be installed and maintained?

A silt fence should not be placed in a channel with continuous flow (channels in Figures 8 and 9 don’t have a continuous flow), nor across a narrow or steep- sided channel. But when necessary a silt fence can be placed parallel to the channel to retain sediment before it enters the watercourse.

How do you dig a trench for silt fence?

Dig A Trench square trench is good, too. Place the lower eight inches of fabric into the trench; most fence fabric will have a red printed line on it noting that depth. The fence stakes should be on the lower or downhill side of the trench, and the fabric in the trench will run into the uphill side.

How deep do you bury silt fence?

To work properly, silt fencing needs to be partially buried. This prevents water from running under the fence, and helps anchor the fence is a great deal of force is applied to it, as may happen during heavy rains. Dig the trench 12 to 24 inches wide, and 8 to 12 inches deep.

How far apart should silt fence stakes be?

around 12 to 16 feet
Lay out your silt fence by placing stakes at each corner, and pulling a piece of string tight between the stakes. Posts should be placed 10 to 20 feet apart, depending on the application. In general, spacing the silt fence stakes around 12 to 16 feet is a good number to work with.

How do you install hay bales for erosion control?


  1. Bales should be placed in a single row, lengthwise on the contour, with ends of adjacent bales tightly abutting one another.
  2. All bales should be either wire-bound or string-tied.
  3. The barrier should be entrenched and backfilled.

Does water go through silt fence?

Water can seep through the silt fence fabric, but the fabric often becomes “blocked off” with fine soil particles (all sediment-retention devices have this challenge, and none of them “filter” storm water for very long).

How do I stop silt runoff?

Sediment Traps or Ditches Sediment traps and ditches are common methods of controlling runoff water from within and around construction areas. This can include site work to redirect natural runoff to a sediment trap or similar structure to trap sediment-filled runoff water.

How long does a silt fence need to stay up?

six months
The basic design has a lot of give, which allows it to stand up to severe weather and about one cubic foot of water flow per second. Silt fences will usually last at least six months or so and can last considerably longer with regular maintenance, such as patching the fabric.

What can I use instead of a silt fence?

ERTEC S-Fence™ is a more effective and lower total cost alternative to traditional silt fence. S-Fence is installed around job site perimeters or at the base of slopes to contain and control sediment during storm events.

What is a silt sock?

Silt Sock is a sediment-trapping device which uses filter media materials applied with a pneumatic blower device or equivalent. Silt Sock trap sediment by filtering the water passing through the Silt Sock™ also allowing water to pond, creating a settling of solids behind Silt Sock.

Do silt socks work?

A silt sock, also known as a filter sock, is an effective, low-tech erosion control product for trapping harmful sediments and preventing soil erosion in a variety of environmental settings.

What do you put in a silt sock?

Silt socks, also called filter socks, are a mesh tube filled with a filter material. This material should be compacted, and could be compost, sawdust, bark or straw, depending on what the sock is to be used for. The socks can either be filled on site or bought as prefabricated lengths.

What is a sock filter?

Filter socks are an Low Impact Development (LID) tool typically used during the construction phase of the construction process to facilitate streambank stabilization and to act as temporary filters to protect inlets to stormdrains and provide perimeter controls.

What can I use instead of a filter sock?

The Filter Media Cup is an ideal and cost-effective replacement to filter socks as well. If all you want is to polish the water of free-floating particles, then place a few handfuls of filter floss in the cup and simply replace the dirty filter media every few days.

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