Why is plastic pipe a great alternative to clay sewer pipe?

Why is plastic pipe a great alternative to clay sewer pipe?

PVC sewer pipe has become the preferred choice for drainage systems in residential and light commercial applications, surpassing clay pipes as the most widely used option. They offer an outstanding alternative to clay, providing numerous advantages.

What are the advantages of plastic sewer pipe?

  • Cost effective - generally more affordable than clay pipes making them a cost-effective choice for your projects. The lower material and installation costs can help save money, especially for larger-scale sewer system installations.
  • Save time and cost on installation - lightweight and easy to handle, transport and install. The lightweight nature means they’re suitable for projects where heavy machinery or equipment may not be accessible. They also require fewer labour-intensive steps compared to clay, reducing installation time and cost.
  • Safer - as plastic pipes are more of a lightweight alternative, they’re easier to handle onsite, reducing the risk of accidents.
  • Resistant to corrosion and chemicals - resistant to corrosion caused by soil, water and chemicals. This is particularly advantageous in environments with aggressive soil conditions or areas with chemical exposure. They do not rust or degrade overtime, ensuring a longer lifespan.
  • Flexibility and durability - plastic pipes are more flexible than clay, allowing them to withstand ground movement and settle without cracking.
  • Better flow capacity - a smooth interior surface which improves the hydraulic performance by reducing friction and creating better flow. This minimises the chance of blockages.
  • Availability and versatility - widely available in various sizes to suit your project. They can be used for both residential and commercial applications. 

What are the benefits of using a clay pipe?

  • It’s inert - which makes it highly resistant to chemical degradation.
  • High longevity - clay pipes have a long lifespan and can last for several decades if installed and maintained correctly.
  • Chemical resistance - clay pipes are highly resistant to chemical attacks, making them an excellent choice for transporting corrosive substances.
  • Eco friendly - made from clay materials that are not toxic and do not release harmful substances into the environment.

Whilst there are benefits to clay pipe, it is becoming more and more outdated and plastic deems to be the preferred option.

How can we help?

We’re one of the UK’s leading providers of PVC Sewer Pipe and can provide you with a solution to meet your specific needs and budget. 

We can provide you with expert advice on the different options available to you, including couplers, bends, junctions, screwed access caps, level invert reducers, inlet bottle gullies, traps, plain ended solid pipe, draw rope and sealed aluminium rodding eye.

We have just started stocking Marley Quantum PCV sewer pipe as well. Ask our team about this when you call. 

Please get in contact on 0121 351 3230 or visit our dedicated underground sewer pipe page to find out more.


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