The Problems Caused by Pitch Fibre Pipes

Collapsed and damaged pitch fibre pipe

Pitch fibre pipes are an inferior and poor-standard form of drainage. It is a lighter and cheaper pipe, often found in schools, hospitals, and housing estates built in the 50’s through to the 70’s. Pitch Fibre pipes were thought to be a modern drainage system, however, any drainage expert would say that it is one of the worst types of drainage. It is recommended you check to see if you are using this type of pipe and get them replaced or repaired before it costs you a fortune in expensive repairs. Here are some of the problems caused by pitch fibre pipes and how these issues can be sorted.

What are Pitch Fibre Pipes?

Pitch fibre pipes are pipes made from wood cellulose and coal tar. If your drainage system pipes were fitted from 1950-1970 you may be experiencing pitch fibre pipe issues such as blockages, overflows and leaks. They are lightweight and were often inexpensive compared to other pipes around at the time, which is why they are still present in many domestic and commercial drainage systems today. It is expected that up to 50,000 properties experience problems related to pitch fibre pipes every year.

Have I got problems with my pitch fibre pipes?

One of the simplest ways to inspect problems in drainage systems is with a CCTV drain survey. This is a simple, cost-effective method to identify issues you may be experiencing such as collapsed pipes or root ingress. We also offer pre-purchase to thoroughly check the condition of the drains in your potential new home, so you can know about any potential pitch fibre pipe issues in advance. If you know you have issues with pitch fibre pipes it is important to contact a specialist straight away, as issues can quickly develop. Get in touch today for a free quote.

Pitch Fibre Pipes can Collapse at any Time

One of the problems caused by pitch fibre pipes is their lifespan. Pitch fibre pipes are thought to have a lifespan of 40 years. After that, they are a ticking time bomb, waiting to cause expensive repairs. Due to their cheap and lightweight design, they can easily collapse and become misshapen. The internal wall of a Pitch fibre pipe becomes deformed when they are continuously exposed to water. This is definitely a major problem when a pitch fibre pipe is responsible for moving waste and water! This problem is made even worse when oils, fats, chemicals and high-temperature fluid are passed through the pipe.

Root Ingress in Pitch Fibre Pipes

Pitch fibre pipes also have an issue with root ingress. This is where roots enter the pipes, causing damage and often collapsing the pipes. Other forms of better piping are less likely to have an issue with root ingress. At Maintain Drains, we provide a quality root removal service, aimed at clearing your pipes quickly and cost-effectively.

How We Solve the Problems Caused by Pitch Fibre Pipes

There are a few options you can take if you are using Pitch Fibre Pipes. If you are using this type of drainage and it is working ok, we offer a ‘no-dig solution to increase the lifespan of your pipes. Repairing the pipes is cheaper and less damaging to your property, compared to excavating and replacing the drains completely. It is also more eco-friendly, as the pipes would have to be taken to a specialist landfill site due to their asbestos content. However, sometimes it is necessary to excavate and replace your drainage system to a more superior one. Speak to one of our friendly expert engineers about what is the best way to solve your pitch fibre problems. Call: 01202 300040


How much does it cost to reline pitch fibre drains?

The cost of relining pitch fibre drains can vary depending on the length and condition of the drain. On average, you can expect to pay between £100 and £250 per metre

What are pitch fiber drains and why are they used?

Pitch fiber drains are made from wood cellulose and coal tar, commonly used in the UK from the 1950s to the 1970s due to their cost-effectiveness and ease of installation. However, over time, these drains can deteriorate and become deformed. If you have pitch fiber drains, it’s important to have them inspected regularly.

How can I repair damaged pitch fibre drains?

Repairing damaged pitch fibre drains involves several methods, including relining, patch repairs, or in some cases, replacing the damaged section. At Maintain Drains, our experienced team can assess the extent of the damage and recommend the best course of action.

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