Silt Curtain Installation Best Practices
Turbidity curtain installation requires ordering the panels, connecting, deploying and anchoring. The right floating barrier marine accessories can also help simplify this process. The information provided below can be used as a general guide for how to install turbidity barriers in your location. Please note that since each project has its own unique nuances, the turbidity curtain installation plan may need to be adjusted to accommodate specific variables such as the construction site environment, available equipment, and operator experience.
Turbidity Curtain Setup and Assembly
Most turbidity curtains come in sections that are either 50 or 100 feet in length. The first step in any silt curtain installation is to lay out the sections of your silt barrier so they can be easily connected together to form your needed lengths. Sections should be connected before they are placed into the water.
Connecting Turbidity Curtain Sections
In order to connect turbidity curtain panels for installation, please follow the procedure below.
- Attach the bottom chain of the barrier. On the bottom of medium and heavy duty barriers, there will be a metal plate snap hook. For those with snap hooks, they must be attached to the steel ring.
- Connect the aluminum section connectors
- Attach the grommet eyes
Each section of the barrier is bundled separately when shipped from the factory. The bundles are secured with vinyl straps and either placed on pallets, boxed, or directly onto a commercial truck or container. The skirt of the silt barrier is reefed or furled to the flotation with light twine.
Try to find an adequate space for the silt curtains to untie or cut the vinyl bundle straps. Do not cut the twine reefing lines until the barrier is towed and anchored in the desired position.
Turbidity Curtain Towing and Installation
After the turbidity curtain has been properly connected together, it can then be towed out to its required placement locations.
Again, it is best to keep the twine turbidity curtain reefing lines around the barrier until it has been towed and anchored to its location. This helps to ease the pressure on the curtain during the turbidity curtain installation process.