What are the benefits of using plastic drainage pipes?

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Excess surface water is a common problem for many homes and businesses in the UK, and efficient drainage is, therefore, a crucial aspect of every construction project. 

If not dealt with effectively, a build-up of surface water can lead to flooding, which can, in turn, lead to many other problems and dangers on your property.

In the past, drainage pipes were often made from clay or cast iron. The drawbacks associated with these materials are that they are both heavy and difficult to cut. This is why plastic drainage pipes are the most common type nowadays. In fact, repairs to clay or cast iron underground drainage pipes are usually made using plastic.

In this post, we list the benefits of plastic drainage pipes, and why they could be the perfect solution for your project.

Plastic drainage pipes are durable

Underground drainage pipes are most often made from plastic these days to ensure durability. In fact, PVC underground drainage pipes that are manufactured to BS4660 or BS EN 1401 will usually last in excess of 50 years, although this can depend upon the composition of the surrounding soil.

Unlike metal pipes, which are prone to corrosion and can react with chemicals, plastic drainage pipes will not rust and are highly resistant to chemicals that are commonly found in underground drainage pipes. These include many strong acids and alkaline solutions, as well as mineral oils, brine, fats, and alcohol.

Plastic drainage pipes are safe

It’s perfectly safe to use plastic drainage pipes underground. However, if you’re planning on burying your pipes in concrete, ensure that they are no more than a couple of inches under the surface. If you lay the pipes deeper than this, the excess pressure from the concrete could put too much pressure on them, causing leaks. 

If the pipes won’t be covered by concrete or rocks, then they can be buried as far as 10 feet below the surface without any issues. 

They are a cost-effective underground drainage solution

Plastic underground drainage pipes are cheaper than their clay and metal counterparts. Not only will they cost you less upfront, but they are likely to last longer, also saving you money on repairs in the future.

Lightweight and easy to install

Underground drainage pipes made from plastic are much lighter than those made of other materials, making them easier to handle and install.

Plastic drainage pipes suffer fewer blockages

Blockages can be a major concern in underground drainage pipes, as they can take a lot of time and money to repair. If water flows slowly through drainage pipes, there is a greater potential for blockages and faults.

As plastic drainage pipes have an extremely smooth lining when compared to metal, concrete, or clay pipes, this reduces resistance, thereby maximizing water pressure. This increased pressure in plastic underground drainage pipes can help to prevent any build-up of debris.

Speak to an expert about plastic drainage pipes

If you’d like some expert advice on the right plastic drainage pipes to use for your construction project, get in touch with the team at Build Plumb Plastics, who will be happy to assist you.