What are pitch fibre pipes?

Pitch fibre drainage pipes are often found in older homes; they were installed between the 1950s and 1970s. Because the process of making them involved asbestos, they can be dangerous to replace. Any asbestos present in a pitch fibre pipe is bound within the coal tar pitch that holds them together so they are safe as long as they are not disturbed. For this reason it is often preferable to repair them rather than replacing, wherever possible.

What is pipe re-rounding?

When a pitch fibre pipe has collapsed underground it is often preferable to re-round it rather than to excavate and replace the pipework. Instead, in some cases we can re-round a drainage pipe using special reforming equipment. Once the pipe has been reformed we line it, effectively creating a new pipe within the existing pitch fibre. This can extend the lifespan of the pitch fibre pipe by over ten years.

Can you replace my pitch fibre pipes?

If you would rather have your pipes repaired than replaced, we can do this. We are experts in excavating and replacing pipework of all types, and all of our work is guaranteed.

Are collapsed drains covered by house insurance?

Most buildings insurance will cover accidental damage to drainage pipes on your property. Our team of insurance experts can offer you advice and act on your behalf to give your claim the best chance of success.

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