2 Common Types of Sewer Pipes in Australia

The drainage system is one of the most important things that every homeowner or building administrator takes into consideration. We need water to our daily lives, and drainage system is going to take a huge part of it.

In this post, let us talk about the two of the most common types of drains in Australia – clay or earthenware pipes and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes.

Clay or Earthenware Pipes

Old clay pipes are usually rigid, very heavy and brittle. Typically, it is 100 mm in diameter, has 1200 mm in length and weighs almost 25 kg. It is used primarily because of its longevity, and aversion to nearly all industrial and domestic sewage, notably the sulphuric acid that is created by hydrogen sulphide, a standard component of sewage.

Normally, domestic pipes range in shape from 100 mm in size. The pipes wall thickness may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Since it is earthenware, any movement on the system or sub-soil surrounding it will lead to stress fractures. The cement and sand joints give minimum resistance to purposeful and hungry tree roots. As a result, it erodes the very subsoil that the pipes relied on for structural aid.

The significance of a solid dry base for these types of traditional clay pipes to rest on is predominantly to the security and proper operation of the draining system.

When you combine dry dirt with water, you produce mud. When a drain drips into the environment encompassing the pipe, the supporting ground around and under the pipe turns to mud and the massive clay pipes start to sink further into the ground. As these clay pipes are very brittle and rigid, it only takes a minor adjustment to start cracking and breaking. Also, for joints to separate, these, in turn, generates leakage and inveigle more tree roots.

Usually, drainage systems are position underground at grade or sloping downhill. Meaning, when a pipe drips at an already deteriorating section, the water leaking from the pipe begins to run down and under the outside of the pipe inside the trench and begins to threaten and wreck any good sections of pipework downstream. This is a tricky process that generally progresses over an extended period of time and regrettably in most cases, supplies the drain unserviceable with complete reconstruction as being the only lasting solution.

PVC or Plastic Pipes

When this type of pipe is installed correctly, it will render a lasting, trouble-free service for a lifetime. Over conventional type of piping, plastic pipe delivers an advantage of unswerving dependability and remarkable value. Because it is lightweight, durable and flexible, these piping systems require notably less energy to create, convey and install than metal or concrete alternatives. The forecasted lifespan of plastic piping systems surpasses 100 years. Various industry studies have indicated this projection. Materials for plastic pipe have always been categorized on the basis of long-term pressure testing. For over 50 years, plastic pipes have been successfully used in service. Plastic pipes are also energy saving during manufacturing and provide top protection from defilement during service.  With high-level resistance to abrasion, chemicals, and corrosion, plastic piping system also gives long serviceability, provides leak-free protection with longer length pipe and outstanding joint performance. Known for lower labour requirements for installations thus has remarkable overall cost savings.