A Guide to Culvert Pipe Installation

When it comes to installing a culvert pipe, there are many different kinds of options available. You’ll find information about the different types, their costs and durability, and how to install them.

Culvert Pipe Selection

Choosing the right type of culvert pipe is important, so that the drainage system works efficiently. Here are some tips to help you decide which type is right for your needs:

You can also learn about the usefulness of corrugated pipe here.

Various types

Various types of culvert pipe are commonly used in drainage systems and highways. They are usually constructed from reinforced concrete and are used for intakes and outtakes, steam tunnels, road crossings, and service tunnels.

These types of culverts can handle different types of loads. The design of these pipes needs to take into account the lateral and vertical loads.

There are two basic types of culvert pipes. The first is the concrete type, which is the most common. The other is the segmental culvert, which is made of stone or brick masonry.


Before installing culvert pipe, it is important to get permits from your local building department. The exact size of the pipe will depend on the local ordinances. Most culverts are twelve to fifteen inches in diameter, but you can get larger ones if necessary.

In addition to permits, you will need to work with your local code enforcement department to ensure the design complies with local building codes.

Fortunately, there are solutions available to help reduce these costs. One solution is a snap-fit culvert lining system. This system is easy to install and will save you money because you won’t have to hire special equipment.

Even better, you can work with your existing highway crews to install it. This will save you money on labor costs and rental fees, which can add up quickly.


Culvert pipe is a common construction material that is used to direct water under the road. It must be durable and strong to handle the heavy loads that road traffic puts on it. Several factors affect the durability of this material.

Among them is the corrosion resistance. If the culvert is protected properly, it can stay in good condition for decades.

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Culverts can be made of a variety of materials. For instance, culverts made of aluminium are more durable than those made from galvanised steel. This is because the oxidised aluminium is similar to that of metal and does not have a rusty appearance.

A range of culverts is available in CSP’s Premium Product Range. It features a full epoxy/polymer coating on both faces to provide corrosion resistance.


The first step in the installation of a culvert pipe is to dig a trench. This should be wide enough to accommodate the pipe and deep enough to contain it with at least six inches of extra room.

You should also slope the trench so that water drains away from the high exit point. A skid steer loader with a backhoe attachment should be used.

The 18-inch culvert is the heaviest pipe, and the same gauge of steel is used for all sizes from 18-inch to 60-inch. Smaller culvert sizes are typically made from thinner gauge steel.

Installation of culvert pipe can be quite a challenging process, however, and it’s a good idea to seek professional assistance.