problems with culverts icing up?
Are frozen culverts costing you time
Plugged culverts often
- Flooding and
erosion: Flooding causes erosion that can wash out roads and damage
valuable crop land.
costs: Washouts and repair of infrastructure resulting from frozen
culverts cost millions of dollars.
concerns: Icy driving conditions and washed out roads present
hazards to motorists.
Motor vehicle accidents, flooding and eroding of valuable land and the
creation of unnatural water courses pose potential liabilities.
Conventional steam thawing is expensive, time-consuming and
- Steam units require
two operators, a three to five ton truck and a water source.
- Thawing a frozen
culvert with conventional steam equipment takes 30 minutes to several
hours per culvert.
- Operators risk
steam burns and high pressure injuries.
The Iceworm™ Culvert Thawing
System provides the answer.
convenient and safe. You can easily keep culverts open and avoid the
problems resulting from frozen culverts. It's a practical approach to an
COST-EFFECTIVE ~ CONVENIENT ~ SAFE
- The Iceworm™
Culvert Thawing System opens a frozen culvert in 7 to 10 minutes for a
fraction of the cost of steam thawing. Payback occurs quickly,
especially on problem culverts (one to two years).
- Using a power
source that can be conveniently carried in a pick-up, one operator can
easily service 40 to 80 culverts. The Iceworm™ power source is so light
it can even be used during spring road bans.
- The versatile
Iceworm™ can be used on any culvert. The culvert is fitted with a thaw
cable. Then, when the culvert needs to be thawed, the Iceworm™ operator
simply plugs the cable into the power source. Minutes later, the ice
melts, opening the culvert.
- The equipment is so
safe and easy-to-use that operators require minimal training.
The Iceworm™ approach:
the maintenance dollars you would normally spend on steaming culverts to
purchasing or leasing an Iceworm™ Thawing System. Start by installing the
Iceworm™ Culvert Thawing System on problem culverts and the Iceworm™
Culvert Saver on culverts that occasionally freeze. Once the culvert has
been marked, monitor the situation and add an Iceworm™ Culvert Thawing
System if necessary. Eventually, you'll want to identify all your
Remember: The washouts and infrastructure repair
costs you'll avoid far exceed the cost of installing Iceworm™ Culvert Savers and Culvert
Culvert Thawing System|
|30 minutes to
||7 to 10
||Steam unit, 3
to 5 ton truck, water
power source, thaw cable|
averages $250 to $400 per culvert, per thaw
||* Up to
||Steam burns and
high pressure injuries
* depending on