What are Pitch Fibre Pipes?
These pipes were commonly used during the 1950s to 1970s and were offered as a cheaper option than the traditional clay pipes, whereas today plastic piping is more commonly used. Although Pitch Fibre is not used today, there remains a huge amount of it across the UK, and although it had some cost saving benefits at the time, unfortunately these types of pipes are the most prone to breakage.
One more thing to note is that Pitch Fibre Pipes contain asbestos mixed with coal tar to strengthen them, but if they’re left undamaged from the elements, then it’s perfectly safe deep underground.
What should you do if you have Pitch Fibre Pipes issues?
If there are no leak issues with your drainage, then it’s best to leave them be. However, if the Pitch Fibre collapses due to added pressures underground, or produces blisters due to hot water and fat, or oil and grease regularly being poured down the drain, then you will need to investigate your options based on the extent of the damage.
By calling one of our experts at Happy Drains on 07824 757572, we can organise a CCTV survey on your pipes; this is the most effective way to determine you next steps and what the problem is.
If you are buying are a house built in the 1940s – 1970s it might be a good idea to have CCTV inspection carried out if you know there is Pitch Fibre Piping to check the quality.
What if they are damaged?
Generally, you have two options; replace or repair. The CCTV inspection will determine which of these options you should take. The best scenario would be a repair, as this would be quicker and cheaper; there a couple of different way this could be done by our engineers.
Excavating and replacing all the pipework to plastic would only be done in serious cases, and if the pipe could not be repaired.