Silt Fence Sediment Removal
Erosion Control Silt Fence Inspection
Question: I am looking for a silt fence to use as a BMP on my site. How often would I need to remove sediment from around the silt fence?
Answer: To keep your Silt Fence working at the highest capacity possible, you will want to maintain a strict schedule for inspecting your fence. In general, inspecting your fence once a week is a good practice. In addition, you will also want to inspect the fence after a rainfall event.
Silt Fence Common Problems
When inspecting your fence, you should first check for gaps or tears. If they are visible in your silt barrier, you will want to have them replaced or fixed immediate.
Next you should check how much sediment has built up around the sediment fence. If this amount has reached anywhere from one-third to one-half (1/3 to 1/2) the height of the fence, it needs to be removed. You would also need to removed sediment more frequently if it is causing your fence to strain. This can help keep your silt fence in good condition during your containment requirements.
Silt Fence Sizes and Options
The silt fence is available in a couple of standard sizes that include roll lengths of either 100 or 330 feet and fence heights of three feet (3'). Please let us know what type of silt fence you are looking for so our team can quote you on the correct option. The erosion control silt fence is available in a standard fence design, a fence with stakes, and a wire back fence for storage.
Silt fence is also commonly used with Staked Turbidity Barrier, when sheet flow and stormwater flow control is also needed, along with filtration.