Strong, durable and impermeable clay pipes – clay pipes are the environmentally friendly choice of material.
Why choose clay pipe?
The impervious nature of clay pipes means that the risk of effluent leaking out is greatly reduced. It’s resistance to chemical attack also makes it a safe conduit for almost all chemicals.
The inherent strength of clay pipes means that it is less likely to be prone to accidental damage when it is being laid or disturbed during any works subsequent to its installation.
Clay pipes are made from recycled clay, water and other organic materials, making them an environmentally friendly choice of material.
Clay pipes are durable and long-lasting. You can still find clay pipes functioning today from over 100 years ago.
We can supply clay drainage pipe in a wide range of sizes to suit your particular application.
Our pipes are manufactured to meet strict quality standards, including BS EN295. They also meet the Building Regulations, BS8005 and BS8301 standards, when installed correctly.
We can supply both perforated and unperforated clay pipe and our fittings include bends, junctions, tapers and access items, particularly suitable for building drainage applications.
Alternative to clay pipe
We also supply a direct alternative to clay and concrete systems for adoptable drainage & sewer networks that could save you money.
Our innovative HS® range has been given acceptance by various water companies, including Anglian Water, Northumbrian Water Ltd (NWL) (reviewed on a job-by-job basis), Severn Trent, Southern Water and Wessex Water.
This light-weight adoptable sewer system has many benefits that can make it more attractive than clay pipes. It offers major Health & Safety advantages for installers, plus significant cost savings in materials, labour & plant. The ease of handling and the subsequent reduction in plant and machinery, makes the HS® range a very safe and economical adoptable sewer system.
What is the history of clay pipes?
The use of clay pipe dates back as far as 4000 BCE in Babylonia. It was considered a popular material for city plumbing and drainage systems throughout the early 1900s. You will still find fully functioning clay pipe systems dating back to this era in use today – this just shows the longevity of clay!
Today, clay pipes are still widely used in public sewer systems and drainage installations. Modern clay sewer pipes are air dried for 24 hours and fired in a kiln for over two days to create a ceramic type end product. The benefit of this is that the material is much stronger and joins together more tightly than older clay pipes. In contrast to older installations, clay pipe is now also often encased in concrete to protect against root intrusion and ground shifting.