Four Things You Never Knew About Manhole Covers

Manhole covers are an essential yet often overlooked part of our infrastructure. We walk past them every day without giving them much thought. However, these seemingly mundane objects have a fascinating history and serve multiple essential functions. The experts at SuperCover have the inside scoop on four things you probably didn't know about manhole covers.

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Manhole Covers Are Engineered For Safety

While manhole covers may seem unassuming, they are vital to public safety. These covers are engineered to bear significant weight loads and provide secure access to underground utility systems. They are designed to withstand the weight of vehicles, pedestrians, and other dynamic forces without compromising the structural integrity of the underlying infrastructure.

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Covers Are Round For Practical Reasons

Have you ever wondered why manhole covers are round? The circular shape is not a coincidence but a deliberate design choice with practical advantages. A circular cover cannot fall through the hole it is intended to protect because no matter how it is positioned, the diameter of the cover will always be larger than the hole itself.

Additionally, the circular shape provides uniform distribution of weight, making it easier to handle and remove. It eliminates the need for precise alignment when placing the cover back, saving time and effort for maintenance workers.

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Manhole Covers Eliminate Odors

Manhole covers are designed to contain unpleasant odors that may emanate from sewage or drainage systems below. The covers are engineered to provide an airtight seal, preventing foul smells from permeating the surrounding area and ensuring a more pleasant environment for pedestrians and residents.

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Thieves Often Steal Manhole Covers

Unfortunately, manhole covers are often subject to theft due to their scrap metal value. The metal used in production, such as cast iron or stainless steel, can be valuable in the scrap market. At SuperCover, we mitigate this risk by designing manhole covers that are metal-free and have a bolt and locking system to prevent theft.

Manhole covers, often taken for granted, serve crucial functions in our infrastructure. At SuperCover, we're revolutionizing the standards of manhole covers with our composite manhole covers. Our covers are watertight, anti-theft, non-corrosive, and have a 5-year warranty. If you're in the market for a new water management solution, contact SuperCover to learn more today!

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