Silt Fence Erosion Control

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Regular Silt Fence

Standard Drawings

Installed Silt Fence, 16” high, 32” wood stakes, 10’ on center
(16-32w-10oc) — View standard drawings: .dwg or .pdf

Should be used on ground that is relatively flat. Closer stake spacing can reduce maintenance costs and is worth considering. The fabric is DOT grade, 16” high (above the ground) and buried 6” deep, with 8” of fabric below grade. The stakes are 2x2 (nominal) hardwood, much heavier than commonly available prefab silt fence. View standard drawing on website.

 

xStandard Drawings

Installed Silt Fence, 26” high, 42”wood stakes, 10’ on center
(26-42w-10oc)  — View standard drawings: .dwg or .pdf

On steeper sites, the taller silt fence is recommended to make up for the difficulty in positioning the silt fence on the contour. Closer stake spacing can reduce maintenance costs and is worth considering. The fabric is DOT grade, 26-28” high (above the ground) and buried 6” deep, with 8” of fabric below grade. The stakes are 2x2 (nominal) hardwood, much heavier than commonly available on prefab silt fence.

 


Wireback Silt Fence

 

xStandard Drawings

Installed Silt Fence, 26” high 42” wood stakes, 6’ on center, Wire Backed    
(26-42w-6oc-Wire)— View standard drawings: .dwg or .pdf

Should be specified where it is subject to abuse, or at times where you can’t afford to have a failure. The woven wire is 14 ½ gauge with maximum mesh opening of 6”x6”. We recommend 6’ or 4’ spacing. If you are going to the expense of wireback it is always worth the money to go to the closer spacing.

 

 

xStandard Drawings

Installed Silt Fence, 26” high, 48” t-post, 6’ on center, Wire Backed  
(26-48t-6oc-Wire) — View standard drawings: .dwg or .pdf

Use when subject to abuse or at times where you can’t afford to have a failure. The woven wire is 14 ½ gauge with maximum mesh opening of 6”x6”. We recommend 6’ or 4’ spacing. If you are going to the expense of wireback it is always worth the money to go to the closer spacing.


Super Silt Fence

 

Installed Super Silt Fence, 26” high, 60” pipe, 10’ on center, Chain Link Backed
26-60p-10oc-Chain Link

Super Silt Fence is a term generally used for chain link fence backed silt fence, however, some people also use it to describe any type of wire backed silt fence. The chain link backing with pipe is the heaviest silt fence spec, it is virtually indestructible. There is a significant amount of overkill but it works great.

 


Silt Fence Standard Drawings

 

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State Specifications

How to Order

Easy as 1-2-3

Flag Installation Instructions

1.  Place Flags

  • Call for a free supply of marking flags, we will ship UPS that same day.
  • Place 2 flags (6” apart) to designate both the beginning and end of each run.
  • Place intermediate flags about 15-30 feet apart.

2.  Call Erosion Runner

  • Give us directions to site.
  • Tell us how many feet you need, (so we bring enough material).
  • Tell us how many runs you have marked, (so we do not miss one).

3.  We Install

  • No appointments. No need to meet us at the site.
  • We will simply follow the flags and perform a perfect installation.

Perfect Silt Fence Installation Guaranteed

With our patented equipment we can probably install your silt fence for less than you can do it for yourself.

Quality Compliant/Approved Materials

  • NPDES Phase 2 Compliant Materials
  • EPA Approved, DOT Fabric

Call for Silt Fence Pricing

  • Multiple Crews
  • Fast Service
  • We Start 80% of our jobs within 2 days

Silt Fence FAQs

How can you quote a price when you have not visited the site?

If we can install it with our equipment (e.g. Can you drive a 4 wheel drive backhoe where you want the silt fence?) we will do it for the published price.  We occasionally have to take on a terrible job but our customers appreciate us even more.  They also like the fact that they get a firm quote for the job.

How close can you install silt fence to a tree or fence line?

Our equipment needs 14 inches from any obstructions within 7 feet of the ground

How steep of a side slope can you install silt fence?

Generally 4:1. It varies with the stability of the soils. A good indicator is if you can drive a 4-wheel drive backhoe where you want the silt fence without tipping over, we will be able to install it.

What about rocky soils?

We can plow through soil with isolated rocks the size of phone books without a problem, however, there needs to be enough soil to hold the stakes.

What about mud or standing water?

We can install in mud or standing water as long as it has a bottom to it. As a general rule, if you can drive a 4-wheel drive backhoe without getting stuck, we will be able to install the silt fence.

Can you install silt fence in wooded areas?

We need a path large enough to maneuver our 6 foot wide, 7 foot high machine between the trees.

Are you equipped to handle unusual specs?

Our customers come to us to meet their difficult custom specifications. We have in our yard all kinds of materials to meet nearly any custom spec. Turnkey silt fence installation is provided. All materials are NPDES II compliant and EPA approved.

Why do you charge a move-in fee?

It takes us a certain amount of time to arrive at your site in addition to the 30 minutes we spend loading and unloading. We also do not have a minimum job. A series of lots in the same subdivision where we do not have to load/unload the tractor would only have one move-in charge.

Why can you install it so much cheaper?

We have invented and patented a process that is totally automated. We trench, install fabric, drive stakes and backfill in one pass, all by machine!


Can I buy the machine?

The machine is fairly expensive, especially if it is not utilized full time. You would probably be better off purchasing another backhoe. It also requires specialized knowledge to operate the machine effectively. Our crew chiefs have two months of training before they are sent in the field alone.

Quality of work?

A perfect installation is guaranteed. The machine does not know if it is Monday morning, Wednesday afternoon, or a Friday before a holiday.


What is your service area?

We have crews based in Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Indianapolis. We utilize a central dispatch from our Dayton office to provide you with a knowledgeable person to answer questions and schedule installations.

How to Choose the Proper Silt Fence

Height of fabric

On normal sites that are generally flat, less than 6% slope, regular height silt fence (16” above ground) should be used. On steeper sites, taller silt fence is recommended to make up for the difficulty in positioning the silt fence on the contour. Silt fence should never exceed 28” due to the possibility of flooding from the volume of water if the silt fence should fail.

Post Type

A wood post is the preferred post material. It has the largest cross sectional area to resist side loads in soft soils, the fabric can be more securely attached with wide crown staples than using zip ties or wire ties with t-posts, and they do not have the sharp edges of t-posts that can tear the fabric in heavy repeated wind. On the other hand, t-posts should always be an option in the event that the soils are so hard or rocky that it is impossible to use a wood stake.

Post Spacing

The strength and life of a silt fence can best be improved by reducing the distance between the stakes. The normal specification of 10 feet maximum is truly a maximum distance. Low areas and turns should have closer spacing. The additional cost of 8 foot spacing over 10 foot spacing is about 7% and can be made up through lower maintenance costs.

Post Length

In soils generally found in the Midwest, the post length should be the height of the fabric plus 16” to be driven below grade. There is no benefit to deeper depths because once it is driven 16” deep, the limiting factor on the amount of side loading that can be placed on the stake or t-post is determined by the stake breaking or the t-post bending, not how securely it is in the ground.

Wire Backed

Wire backed silt fence should be used in high load or sensitive areas. The minimum wire size should be 14.5 gauge with a maximum opening of 6”x6”. Stake spacing should not exceed 6 feet on center. Wood stakes are preferred. The wire should be in contact with the ground but it is not necessary to bury the wire. The ground itself will provide lateral support without the buried wire.

About Silt Fence Materials

The reason for most silt fence failures is the widespread use of substandard fabric and stakes.  In the trade, the inferior silt fence is called "commercial".

What spec silt fence is required on my job?

The EPA in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Alabama, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, in addition to many other states, refer to the DOT spec in their manuals.  With your NOI submission you agree to follow the EPA rules.  So...if you are installing silt fence because the EPA required it, you must follow the DOT spec.

How do you know if you are purchasing DOT fabric?

The DOT requires that the manufacturer shall submit a certification with each shipment of material stating that it meets specification requirements.  if it doesn't have a label, it's not DOT spec.

What is the State Requirement?

The DOT specifies 2x2 Nominal (1 1/2" x 1 1/2" actual) Hardwood stakes.  The proper stakes will survive being driven in the ground and hold up to loading.  A 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" undersized stake has less than one half of the strength of the regulation stake.  Softwoods are less resistant to impact than hardwood stakes.

Compare to the Competition

FAQ Erosion Runner Our Competition
Can you come tomorrow? Probably yes, we do 80% of our jobs within 2 days notice. Often no, Erosion Runner is the biggest.
Is there a difference between approved fabric and that which you are using? Call for a sample of our silt fence and compare it to what you are using.  
Are you getting approved fabric Yes, Erosion Runner uses fabric that meets DOT, EPA, and DNR approved fabric.  We use fabric that others call extra strength as standard. Often no.  The large building supply stores sell "commercial" silt fence, which could just as easily be labeled "interior" silt fence.
How do you know if the properly rated fabric is being used? A label is required to be placed on each roll with the fabric mininum specifications, similar to the way each 2x4 is stamped with a grade. Often no, if you do not see a label it's probably because it does not even meet the minimum requirements.
Is the fabric consistently buried 6" Yes, our machine insures the proper depth. Often no. 
Are you using 2 x 2 hardwood stakes? Yes, always. Often no, we refer to what some of our competitors use as toothpicks
Use extra stakes on turns? Yes, we always use a closer spacing on turns. Otherwise the fabric will sag around the turn. Often no, if you ask for 10 feet on center you will get 10 feet on center.
Have trained personnel to install the silt fence. Yes, sediment control is all we do. Often no. They will make due with whoever is available.
Call and Forget? Yes, place flags to mark location of the silt fence at your convenience and Erosion Runner will complete your job without appointments or supervision. Often no.
Is there a difference between approved fabric and that which you are using Call for a sample of our silt fence and compare it to what you are using
Will your silt fence fabric pass the Finger Test? Yes, it is very difficult to separate the weave of the DOT/EPA approved fabric and poke your finger through the fabric. Often No.  Some interior fabric is very easy to separate the weave and poke your finger through.  As a result, it won't last as long; wind will tear it.
Will your silt fence fabric pass the Light test? Yes, hold DOT/EPA fabric up to the light and you will see small uniform holes for the water to pass through Often No.  Some cheaper fabric looks like it has been ironed (melted) and there are practically no holes at all to let the water through.
Can I just phone in approximate footage? Yes, if you can get within 30% of actual we are happy, we will just bill you for the footage we install. Often no.
If I have a confusing site, will you still place the silt fence exactly where I want it? Yes, simply place the flags a little closer, you don't even have to meet with us. Often no.
Is a quality initial installation worth the cost? Yes, the cost of repairs is far more expensive. A quality initial installation will reduce your need for repairs. No.

 


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“Erosion Runner has taken the hassle out of our sediment control installation.  Eddie and his staff have given us outstanding service and workmanship."

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 West End Land Development

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Attention to Detail to Meet State Requirements

“Erosion Runner has successfully serviced a number of my projects with regard to required erosion protection. 
Specifically, their attention to detail when installing necessary silt fence in order to meet the requirements of state mandated storm water pollution prevention plans while respecting adjoining private property is one of their best assets. 

Their construction foreman, Eddie Baker, insures coordination between the General Contractor and Erosion Runner when scheduling and, as well, completing efficiently the needed work. 

They remain my choice for subcontracted erosion control in terms of competitive pricing, productivity and work quality.” 

Robert L. Lloyd
P.E.  Underground Utilities, Inc.

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“Erosion Runner does everything in a timely manner.  Service is excellent.  You save us time and money, and the work is excellent.” 

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Greg Martin Excavating

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Fence Will Last the Entire Job

“You do a very good job and put up a fence that will last the entire job.”

Harry Howard
George Igle & Company Inc.

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“I have so many irons in the fire going at once that when I call you guys I don’t have to worry. It will be done and done right.”

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“They are always on time or early and do a quality job.  If there are ever any problems, they were here to help.” 

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Mulligan Construction

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