It’s Muddy at Times

What is mud really made of? Yes, you are probably thinking this is a silly question.  We all know mud is created when water is added and mixed with soil. What’s interesting is that you can actually find online instructions on how to make mud.  The materials or list of ingredients you will need and the amount:  2 cups of Dirt, 1 ½ cups of water, and a container large enough to hold the ingredients with a lid.

Preparation instructions:

  • Step 1 – Scope the dirt into the container.
  • Step 2 – Pour the water into the container.
  • Step 3 – Put lid on container and shake for 1 minute.
  • Step 4 – Let sit untouched for a while and presto, Mud!

Stormwater environmental consultants and field inspectors see mud every day.  It is naturally made after a rainfall on construction sites.  Land development and vertical construction projects are always acceptable to the elements.  Additionally, Construction projects are usually on a tight deadline and cannot afford to have rainy and muddy conditions slow down the project. Keep in mind that the safety of employees should always be the priority when the construction area is muddy.  Here are several precautions you can put into place.

  1. Good housekeeping is critical.  A clean and organized construction site is easier to maneuver, especially if it has recently rained.
  2. Encourage your team to work safe by working slow and steady.
  3. Take extra precaution to watch your step at all times and stay alert.

Construction sites have to deal with all types of weather conditions.  In Florida, annual rainfall can range from 40 to 60 inches a year.  Construction sites must deal with many factors that arise when it rains. Material exposure to rain, mud, and sludge, requires extra precautions for construction teams.  When materials become wet or damp from rainfall, they may become more difficult to handle. Specifically framing materials should be allowed to dry before use.  When this takes place, it can cause delays on a construction project. 

Another factor is sediment tracking exiting the construction may become more difficult to maintain and control.  Construction teams should keep in mind that a quality and effective way to exit the construction site with minimal sediment tracking is to have a solid foundational construction exit and entrance.

KCI can help construction projects manage, monitor, and inspect erosion and sediment control devices and ensuring they are functioning correctly. Call us today and let us help you keep the mud in check!  888-346-7779.

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