Signs a Manhole Cover Needs To Be Replaced

Though manhole covers are made of durable materials and made to last, even the heartiest of materials need care and replacement. Luckily, manhole covers can give the knowledgeable eye some early signs that they will soon need to be replaced. Here are some warning signs of manhole cover damage.

Rust and Corrosion
The most easily identifiable problem is rust and corrosion. Rotted areas or edges are easily spotted. However, just because the cover does not have holes or chunks missing does not mean that the cover is not corroded. It is important to notice issues related to rusting, since deteriorating or rotting covers eventually become thinner and may not be able to withstand the intended traffic load.

Cracks and Fractures
Cracks and fractures are issues you may not immediately notice at a glance. Therefore, it is important to take the time to visually inspect your manhole cover regularly. Vehicle traffic and extreme weather can cause fractures and cracks. These cracks and fractures may seem small but can have big ramifications. These damages can compromise the integrity and disable the manhole covers’ ability to withstand intended loads.

Loose or Ill-Fitting Covers
Manhole covers may become bent or bowed due to the above mentioned problems, or from excess weight. This may cause the manhole cover to vibrate or otherwise make noise when walked on or driven over. This may be a sign of a greater problem that may cause the integrity of the cover to be compromised or become ill fitting.

Should You Replace Your Cover?
Unwanted problems such as accidents or injury can occur if you don’t inspect your cover regularly. Any of the above issues are indicators that it might be time to contact Manhole Covers Direct. We would be happy to help you find a proper replacement for any cover located on your property. Remember to inspect your covers often for rust, cracks, or ill fitment. If a manhole cover needs replacing, contact us at Manhole Covers Direct for a quote today!