Top tips for buying underground drainage pipes and fittings online

Top tips for buying underground drainage pipes and fittings online

When searching “Underground Drainage” on Google, you will be faced by an array of businesses trying to get you on their website. So how do you choose the right one? And once you have found it, what steps can you take to try and ensure that you get the right materials for your project?

Here’s our top tips for buying underground drainage and fittings online:

Do your research and identify which products you need

It is important when you’re carrying out a project, whether it’s big or small, that you identify all the drainage projects you need - whether you need the right pipe, or load rating of an inspection chamber lid.

Our experts can help you by looking at drainage drawings or advising the best solution for you and the products which would suit your project. 

Take time to compare prices

When comparing prices, you need to make sure you go all the way through the process, as lots of ecommerce sites will add on a hefty delivery charge right at the end, particularly for bulky, heavy or long length items. If you’re not sure, check the delivery terms – there’s no point saving £1 a length on 10 lengths of pipe and then paying a £20 delivery charge.

Keep in mind if you’re buying in bulk it is a good idea to give us a call to see if it qualifies for cheaper delivery than what we can offer you online. We will often try and price match when we can if you find the items cheaper elsewhere.

Check that you’ve got everything

Make sure you have everything you need - do you need a coupler or a connector to connect two lengths of pipe? When you buy inspection chambers, order two 45° single socket bends, one for the entry in and one for the exit, as this is the correct way to install a chamber. Or maybe some pipe lubricant. Make sure to include it all in your order to avoid paying extra delivery charges or have delays in your project further down the line.  

Read customer reviews

It is important to buy from a reliable seller to keep project times down and make things as efficient as possible for you. Check customer reviews and testimonials when you are buying online.

Our reviews can be found here ( to see how happy our customers are with our products and service with a current score of 4.7 and 94% of customers recommending us, you can be sure you are buying from a trusted supplier. 

Check the website is secure

Always check the website is secure before you put your contact details in. Look for the following to ensure you’re shopping safely:

Be aware that this only means the site is secure, not that the seller is honest.

  • Padlock symbol
    A padlock should be displayed in the address bar next to the website address.

  • Website address
    This should start with https://. The ‘s’ stands for secure.

  • Valid certificate
    If you click the padlock symbol or just to the left of the address bar, you should see information on the site certificate. This should tell you who has registered the site. If you get a warning about a certificate, avoid the website.

Purchase underground drainage pipes and fittings from Cotterill Civils

We have a large array of underground drainage and fittings to suit your project or needs so browse our website or give us a call on 0121 351 3230  and we’ll be able to give you a quote and find the best solution for you.