How to Monitor Dame Seepage with Weir Boxes

When you need to monitor dam seepage in below grade applications, finding the right tool can be extremely difficult. Fortunately, in these situations, there is one device you can use to effectively monitor seepage without having to make major adjustments: A weir box.

Weir boxes are the perfect primary device for a variety of applications, including below-grade dam seepage monitoring. When you install this tool correctly, you’ll be able to accurately monitor dam seepage whenever you need. Find out how you can use weir boxes to monitor below-grade dam seepage and discover your best solution for purchasing this device for your system.

Installing the Weir Box

When you use a weir box to measure dam seepage, there are multiple factors that you need to consider, including the grade in your system. Checking the determine how deep you will need to bury your weir box in order to effectively monitor your seepage.

For example, if the pipe that you are connecting your weir box to is slightly below grade, you will install your weir box so that its top is level with the surface grade. This will allow your weir box body to be buried as deep as three feet. On the other hand, if the pipe is only a little bit under surface grade, your weir box can be installed slightly higher. This will allow your operator to quickly access the inside of the box.

Securing and Adjusting

Regardless of the level where you install your weir box, you will need to make that it is secure, meaning it won’t be displaced by environmental issues such as frost has. When using weir boxes for dam seepage monitoring, your weir box should be secured to a concrete slab to keep it in place. Generally, this will be done using wedge anchors.

If you had to install your weir box a good deal below grade, you will need to make adjustments to guarantee the integrity of the weir box. In some cases, you will extend your weir box side walls. In other circumstances, you will need to install your weir box inside of a packaged metering manhole.

Sizing Your Weir Box

The final factor that must be considered when monitoring dam seepage is the size of your weir box. Your weir box should be able to handle the current seepage flows and potential future flows. There are two ways you can accomplish this goal.

First, you could choose a weir box that’s large enough to handle every flow size your system may experience. Second, you could install a weir box where you can install a new weir plate when the flow in your system changes.

Purchase Weir Boxes

As long as you install your weir box correctly, you should easily be able to monitor dam seepage. Purchase high-quality weir boxes to fulfill your dam seepage needs today by browsing the products from Tracom, FRP.

Tracom provides weir boxes that are perfect for measuring dam seepage, as well as other tools that will help your operation succeed long-term. Request a weir box quote today and get more information about our most exciting products.

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