Protecting Your Construction Site from Storms

For construction managers, storms can be one of the most destructive forces wreaking havoc on their construction sites.  While you can’t control a storm, you can control the damage that it has on your site.  The following are a few helpful hints to minimize the damage that can result from heavy storms:

  • Having a place on-site (such as a shed or storage bin) that is waterproof and somewhat climate controlled is essential when it comes to protecting your expensive equipment and building supplies.  If you are aware of the possibility of rain ahead of time, make sure that you’ve packed everything of value away in case the storm hits while you are not on-site. 
  • While you can’t control when storms happen, you can try and plan around the rainy season.  Schedule a majority of your jobs during dry months and try to ease up on work when you can expect it to be wet weather.  This will allow you to still work through the months of rain, but you won’t have as many deadlines to meet which can become a problem if you have too many rainy days in a row.
  • Heavy storms always lead to soil erosion. While it may just start with a few drop, your construction site can become quickly flooded causing soil and debris to be washed down the curb line towards the drains.  Often times construction sites are located near curb inlets that don’t have grates or sufficient coverage which means that 100% of the dirty sludge from your site is pouring down the drain. Not only is this unsanitary to have debris and runoff going down the drain, but it is against the law.  In order to keep your construction site up to code, you need to be sure that you install curb inlet filters that are designed to keep debris being washed down the drain to a minimum.   Inlet filters slow the flow of water and catch the debris before it has a chance to be washed down the drain.  They conform to the shape of any curb and are designed to handle even the worst of conditions.  Not only will they keep your construction site clean and up to code, but inspectors like them as well because as they drive around inspecting sites, they won’t have to leave their vehicle as the bright orange design of the filter is easy to see.