Frequently Asked Questions
What are barrier pipes used for?
Barrier pipe is a type of plastic pipe that’s equipped with a built-in protective layer.
Without the additional coating, oxygen and various other gases could pass through the walls of the pipe. This can contaminate the potable (drinking) water that flows through it – contributing to illnesses and causing the plumbing system to corrode.
Barrier pipes are designed to provide a high level of protection against soil contaminants that are commonly found in previously developed sites, also known as brownfield sites.
They keep air and gases out of the plumbing system to help extend the lifespan of your pipe – reducing the need for replacements. This in the long term will save you time and money.
What is the difference between a barrier pipe and an MDPE pipe?
Although barrier pipes and MDPE (medium-density polyethene) pipes are both types of water pipes, they offer several distinct differences.
For example, a barrier pipe offers an extra layer of protection than MDPE pipes – protecting water supplies against gases and other contaminants in the soil.
MDPE pipes, on the other hand, are often not strong enough to keep contaminants out, meaning they seep through and harm the water supply.
Another key difference is the cost. Barrier pipe is typically more expensive than MDPE as a result of its construction method – but you can trust that it won’t allow contaminants to pass through the pipe walls.
Are barrier pipes expensive?
There’s no denying that barrier pipes will cost more than MDPE pipes, but we can assure you that we provide some of the most competitive prices around.
All our barrier pipes and fittings are manufactured to an exceptionally high quality and meet BS 8588. They’re also light, flexible and easy to handle. And they don’t require thrust blocks or any additional equipment for the installation – saving you even more money.
For a better idea of how much you can expect to pay for barrier pipes, here at Cotterill Civils, our best advice is to scroll through our extensive collection of products and click through to find out more about their specifications.
Once you’ve calculated how many lengths you need and which pipe fittings are required for the installation, add them to your online basket. You’ll notice a subtotal (inclusive of VAT) and shipping will be calculated when you proceed to the checkout.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about the cost of our barrier pipes and fittings, speak to one of our experts on 0121 351 3230.
How long will I have to wait for barrier pipes to arrive?
The time it takes for barrier pipes to be delivered can vary depending on the brand and the time of day.
For example, our Puriton barrier pipes and fittings can take anywhere up to 3 working days to arrive. Most of our Plasson fittings will be delivered within 1-2 working days, but our PlasShield conversion kit fittings usually take 2-3 working days.
Orders received in the morning (Monday to Friday) will be processed on the very same day – ready to be dispatched sooner than orders made in the afternoon or evening.
Here at Cotterill Civils, we pride ourselves on offering quick turnaround times and will always provide an estimated delivery date at the final stage of the checkout. This way, you’ll know exactly when to expect your barrier pipes to arrive. We deliver nationwide FAST.