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Looking into water compression fittings? Here’s what you need to know

Plasson fittings have revolutionised the way Polyethylene (PE) pipes are connected.

Designed to suit multiple applications, including water supply, agriculture and landscape irrigation, they provide a safe, reliable connection to water mains and are exceptionally durable.

No matter the fitting you need, you can be confident that the products we stock here at Total Pipeline Systems will meet your every requirement. 

But what are they and how do they work?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Looking for summer gutter maintenance tips? Total Pipes has got you covered

With spring almost over and the first signs of summer sprouting, now is the perfect time to pay attention to your gutters.

While it probably isn’t top on your list of priorities, keeping up with gutter maintenance now is a great way to prepare for the wetter, colder weather that’s to come.

The smallest amount of effort can go an incredibly long way and save you lots of hassle months down the line – but how exactly can you take care of your gutters this summer?

The experts at Total Pipeline Systems take you through everything you need to know in this article.

Everything you need to know about drainage inspection chambers

All underground pipework systems, including utilities and drainage, require the installation of access points for cleaning and maintenance purposes.

They are especially crucial in drainage systems where blockages can occur and play an important role in keeping domestic and commercial drains in full working order.

But what exactly is a drainage inspection chamber? Here’s everything you need to know.

Ways you can benefit from installing channel drains

Sometimes referred to as trench or linear drains, channel drainage systems are used all over the world for several different applications, and are known for their simple, versatile design.

When it comes to removing surface water from your driveway, patio, garden, or water feature, a channel drainage system is more than ideal.

But how else can you benefit from a channel drainage system?

Top tips to avoid common summer drainage problems


The last thing that comes to mind when you think of summer is drainage issues, but summer can actually be one of the most problematic times of the year for drainage pipes.

As trees, bushes and other greenery thrive during the warmer weather, the notorious wet British summers can quickly lead to blockages in your drains. The result? Foul odours and a plethora of other problems that can ruin your plans.

Whether you’re looking forward to a garden get-together with family or a relaxing weekend to yourself on the sun lounger, if your drains are playing up, you’ll need to tend to them as quickly as possible.

Here are some of the most common drainage problems you’re likely to face this summer, and how you can solve them.

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Need to replace your gutters? Here’s why you should consider plastic fittings.

When it comes to gutters, most of us probably think plastic.

Plastic guttering is a highly practical solution, whether you’re replacing your old, worn-down gutters, or working on a new build – and there’s a reason why they’re so popular in the UK.

But what makes plastic gutters better than their metal counterparts?

We explore the benefits in this post.

Your gutters are a vital part of your home, and it’s important you maintain them properly. But when was the last time you checked them, or even gave them a second thought?

Although it might be the last thing on your mind, you shouldn’t underestimate their significance.

When in full working order, they re-direct rainwater and ice and snow that are melting away from your property, keeping floods at bay and preventing costly water damage.

But how can you tell when it’s time for a replacement?

Here are a couple of things you should be looking out for.

Everything you need to know about your overflow waste system

Overflow waste systems are a critical part of your plumbing.

You might not have heard of them before, but if you like to take baths, you should know that it’s this system that makes them possible.

These pipes and fittings control your bathtub drain, allowing you to fill and empty it as necessary.

Whether you’re looking to install a new waste overflow system, repair your existing one, or simply learn more about them – the team at Total Pipeline Systems can help.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Your drainage system is extremely vulnerable in the winter; here’s how you can protect it.

With the frost, snow and Baltic temperatures that winter brings, your drainage pipes and systems are left extremely vulnerable – so it’s important you know how to keep them working properly, to ensure no issues arise.

Faults with your drainage system tend to be worse in the winter – they can be unpleasant and costly to repair, sometimes rendering you unable to use certain taps and systems in your home, which most definitely will be a struggle as well as a massive inconvenience.

Here’s a list of things you can do to help keep you and your home safe during the harsh winter months.

Is there anything worse than seeing your summertime hard work turn into a muddy swamp? Plants wilting from too much water and heavy rainfall? Grass squelching or oozing water when you walk on it?

Whilst there’s not much we can do about the cold and wet weather, steps can be taken to improve garden drainage issues.

Here Total Pipeline Systems share a few tips to improve the drainage in your garden – including simple things like growing more plants, installing land drains, and investing in a drainage system.

A water pipe leak is one of those things that you’re bound to face at some point or another if you own a property.

There are several signs you can look out for to detect a leaking water pipe at your home – simple things like flooding, mould, bubbling walls or wallpaper, and dramatic changes to the water flow and pressure. It’s also worth keeping a close eye on your water meter and taking readings periodically. The usage shouldn’t increase abnormally, but if it does, it’s a tell-tale sign you have a leak.

Although it can be a huge inconvenience, the good news is, there is a quick fix for most water leaks – many of which don’t require any professional expertise.

In this article, the team at Total Pipeline Systems explain some of the most common water leaks and how to fix them quickly, without breaking the bank.

Whether it’s for a refurbishment project or a brand new installation, pipes are fundamental for use in most plumbing jobs.

There are several types available, including bronze, copper, iron, and galvanised steel. However, plastic pipes seem to be increasing in popularity – especially as plumbers and installers are searching for durable, easy-to-install materials to help reduce installation time.

The question is, are plastic plumbing pipes any good? Or is it better to opt for copper pipes with excellent corrosion resistance, or galvanised steel that has a long lifespan?

As the company of choice for contractors, ground workers, civil engineers, and plumbers seeking polyethylene (PE) piping, we might be slightly biased at Total Pipeline Systems. To help you make an informed decision, here we take a look at the pros and cons of plastic pipes.

When was the last time you showed your drainage gully a little TLC?

A gully is an outside water drain pipe that’s used to discharge surface water from your garden. It carries grey wastewater away from your washing machine, dishwasher, bath, shower and sinks, as well as rainwater from your gutters.

If you’ve noticed that your gully is draining slower than usual or it’s overflowing and causing foul smells and flooding, it’s probably because it’s blocked. And if the blockage isn’t removed swiftly, it could cause even more problems for your home and garden.

The good news is – with the appropriate tools to hand – maintaining and cleaning gullies isn’t too difficult to do yourself

Rainwater systems, such as gutters, are one of your home’s most important defences against the elements. They collect the runoff from your roof, caused by rain and melting snow, and divert it away from your property.

Unless you’re a plumber or builder, guttering is not something you will buy every day. However, if you’re undertaking a small DIY project on your outbuilding or a large scale building project, you want to make sure that you select the best type for your project and budget.

Here the experts at Total Pipeline Systems have compiled a quick checklist of things to look out for, so you can make an informed decision.

British weather is anything but predictable.

We’re no stranger to wet, inclement weather, but pooling water can cause structural damage to homes and create a safety hazard around high-traffic areas, such as driveways and pavements.

A channel drain is a fantastic solution for swamped gardens, puddled driveways, and waterlogged pitches, and will also prevent rain and surface runoff from wreaking havoc on your abode.

In this blog, Total Pipeline Systems explain what channel drains are, how they work, and when they are used.

Leaking gutters are the bane of most homeowner’s lives.

Though there are lots of reasons why water might be gushing out over the sides of your gutters, one of the most common causes is how the lengths of pipe have been joined.

That’s why, whether you’re fitting new gutters yourself or enlisting the help of a professional, it’s essential that all lengths are joined correctly.

To help prevent potential future leaks, here Total Pipeline Systems talk you through the process of removing and fitting uPVC guttering step-by-step.

Is there anything more frustrating than a leaky gutter? Water gushing out onto the patio when it’s raining?

Possibly not but – the good news is, there are several things you can do to repair leaking gutters, without breaking the bank.

Although we provide a vast range of guttering supplies at competitive prices here at Total Pipeline Systems, we also want to help you maximise the lifespan of your gutters.

That’s why, today, we’ll be looking closely at the reasons why gutters leak and what you can do about it.

Plumbing taps are the curved pieces of drainpipe fitted beneath your sink and basin (often referred to as P traps) that are designed to hold a small amount of standing water.

The standing water prevents sewer gases and foul smells from entering the room, whilst still allowing waste to pass through to the drainage system.

There’s no denying that P traps do a lot of dirty work – but over time, they can crack, leak, corrode, or become clogged with accumulated soap and grease. Which is why it pays to know how to replace them.

Whether you’re a professional plumber or a dab hand at DIY, changing a waste trap isn’t too difficult – once you know how to.

So, let’s get started.


Unless your house is a new-build or only a few years old, there’s a good chance that your plumbing is outdated. After all, pipes don’t last forever and are prone to corrosion, rust, and eventual disrepair, which can damage your whole plumbing system.

Although we provide a comprehensive range of plastic pipes here at Total Pipeline Systems – all of which are lightweight and easy to install, low cost, long-lasting, and not susceptible to rust or corrosion – it’s important to know the main warning signs to look out for.

Having your gutters cleaned is probably not at the top of your to-do list this summer, but maintaining your rainwater system, gutters and downpipes is essential and could save you a lot of money on repairs and replacement.

Although they are out of sight, your gutters should never be out of mind and it’s in your best interests to keep them clean and free from debris. After all, they collect and guide rainwater from the roof, down into the drain, and away from your property which, in turn, prevents structural damage.

Here we look at why it’s important that your rainwater systems are cleaned regularly – either by you or a professional – and what you should do if your gutters are damaged beyond repair.

Given that the UK is no stranger to wet weather, and we all use an awful lot of mains water, investing in a rainwater harvesting system is a smart move – and one that’s sure to have huge cash savings.

However, just because rainwater systems are passive, that’s not to say they are maintenance-free. In fact, having your system professionally serviced will ensure its continued smooth operation and will also provide you with the reassurance that it’s doing its job properly.

Owning a house is (by far) one of life’s greatest accomplishments. But there will be times where you have to deal with plumbing issues – like leaky pipes, low water pressure and clogged drains.

As much as we’d love to tell you that plumbing pipes last forever, it’s not the case. Several factors determine how long pipes will survive – including what they are exposed to, how they’re installed and any general wear and tear. However, the material from which they are constructed can have a significant impact on their lifespan.

Think you might have a problem with your underground drainage?

It’s not impossible but, in order to take the appropriate action and rectify the issue effectively, you need to know what type of drainage system you have. Luckily, here at Total Pipeline Systems, we are experts in underground drainage and thought we’d share some top tips.

This winter, the UK has had more than its fair share of bad weather. And as snow, sleet, frost and heavy rainfall has affected most parts of the country – particularly the North West – our rainwater systems have certainly taken a beating.

As the lockdown restrictions take a tentative step towards easing, and with temperatures rising, it’s looking like we could be able to reunite with loved ones and soak up the sun in beer gardens this summer. However, although you wouldn’t normally associate this season with drain maintenance, it’s actually the ideal time to show your underground drainage, pipes and gutters a little TLC.

Ever wondered what happens to the water when you flush the loo or unplug the bath or sink? The simple answer is it is disposed into the foul water drainage system which deals with a lot of waste. This often leads to a build-up of nasty odours that you don’t want to enter your property.

However, as a general rule of thumb, all water-using appliances and fittings within a property must have a waste trap to provide a water seal to the drains.

Soil pipes are vital aspects of every plumbing system, but they are so often confused with waste pipes, which whilst similar, have very different functions. So, if you’re looking to replace your soil pipe, it’s imperative that you know the differences to ensure your drainage network works seamlessly.

Here at Total Pipes, we supply both soil pipes and waste pipes and are often asked about the key differences, so to help, we’ve put everything you need to know here in one place – enjoy!

How much do you know about your water downpipe? Your home will almost certainly have one, and if it doesn’t – you seriously need to rectify that. But how do you know if you need a new drainage pipe if you’re not even sure what you’re looking for?

Found in more than 80 countries worldwide, Plasson fittings have revolutionised how polyethylene (PE) pipes are connected – for applications such as water supply, agriculture, irrigation, telecommunications and more.

The range of Plasson pipe fittings on the market today is vast. We are proud to stock an extensive range of them – including compression fittings like couplers, adaptors and end plugs and push-fit water pipe fittings – here at Total Pipes. We even supply water meter mounts, boxes and kits to suit all manner of water-based projects. So, whatever it is you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it within our online inventory.

Searching for barrier pipes? The Protecta-Line barrier pipes and fittings we supply here at Total Pipeline Systems are an excellent choice. But don’t just take our word for it…

With winter just around the corner, we’ll bet you’re looking forward to staying indoors and keeping cosy. But – although it’s tempting to laze around in your pyjamas for most of the day and snuggle up on the sofa – why not work on improving the interior of your home instead?

It could be something as simple as switching dated door handles for new or sealing off cracks and gaps with filler. However, you’d be surprised at the difference a new sink can make to your kitchen or bathroom. And if your toilet has seen better days, maybe now is the time to consider fitting a new one.

When was the last time you cleared your rainwater guttering?

We understand that it’s probably not something you think about often – and the unpredictable UK weather can make it difficult. But, to ensure your guttering systems are stable, secure and long-lasting, you must take the time to clean them.

2020 has certainly been a year for the books. The world has been rocked by a global pandemic and, as the UK is preparing to come out of its second lockdown since March, many businesses are starting to think about reopening their doors once again.

At some point almost all of us will experience a drain blockage of some degree, but how likely are you to call out a plumber as your first port of call? The chances are, you’re not. When signs of a blocked drain rear their ugly head, the likelihood is that you will pop to the shops and pick up a drain cleaner in the hopes that it does the job for you, quickly, efficiently and at a much more affordable cost than hiring help would!

But did you know that many chemical-based drain cleaners are incredibly toxic and actually have the potential to do real damage to your drains?

Worried about your water pipes freezing in the winter?

You’re not alone. But the good news is, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips to prevent frozen water pipes. So, let’s get started.

Abnormally cold temperatures can put a strain on water pipes – causing them to freeze and eventually burst. This can often result in serious flooding, especially if no one is home to switch off the water!

The past few winters have brought unusually chilly temperatures and heavier snowfall than we are used to here in the UK. Strong winds and torrential rain can cause damage to the exterior of your home, while icy weather can cause pipes to freeze.

With this in mind, it’s worth doing some basic home maintenance and essential repairs – like having your chimney swept, insulating your loft space or upgrading your rainwater systems. Here we take a closer look at just a few simple ways you can prepare your home for the colder months ahead:

Buying a house is a huge investment – arguably the biggest one you will make in your whole lifetime. Naturally, you want to make sure that everything is in top condition, otherwise, you could be forking out a lot more on remedial work.

For instance, pooling water can cause structural damage to your property and create a safety hazard around traffic and pedestrianised areas. Although frequently overlooked, installing channel drainage can prevent rain and surface runoff from causing havoc at your home.

Here we look at what exactly channel drainage is and what makes it so essential.

It’s been three months since the UK was put on lockdown in an attempt to control the spread of coronavirus. And, by this point, you’ve probably exhausted Netflix, binge-watched your favourite programmes twice over (if not more!), completed a couple of jigsaws and even tried your hand at DIY.

In today’s blog, we’re offering top tips on how to install guttering to your garden shed – helping to cure boredom during the lockdown and work through your to-do list.

Whether you’re working from the safety of your home or you’ve been furloughed due to COVID-19, we can bet you’re struggling to find meaningful ways to make use of the extra time. Well, now is the perfect opportunity to show the exterior of your home some much-needed TLC, and where better to start than with the guttering?

A good underground drainage system can prevent the build-up of surface water and help to avoid erosion - either of the surrounding landscape or any nearby buildings.

Draining an area of land can also increase the variety of uses for which it is suited, and can prevent the growth of moss and lichen.

So how do you put together the best possible underground drainage system? Of course, the exact components you’ll need will depend on the size and layout of the area you wish to cover.

Gullies are often a vital part of a good underground drainage system, but their uses are not always clear. In this article, the experts at Total Pipeline Systems will explain the most effective ways in which drainage gullies and gully traps can be installed and used.

Did you know that more than 500,000 people in the northwest of England have already switched to a water meter? Why not join them and reap the benefit of cheaper bills?

There are many things you might’ve heard about water meter boxes, but here at Total Pipes, we want to set the record straight and outline the key advantages of having a water meter.

Plumbing is all about controlling water – and without valves, this isn’t easy. Water Valves are great for stopping and regulating the flow of water from the water utility or a private well and are available in a range of types and materials. We have a huge variety at our disposal, here at Total Pipes, including:

Gate Valves

Gate valves are among the most commonly used valves in plumbing and control the flow of water by raising or lowering an internal gate. When lowered, the gate seals off the flow and when raised, it’s retracted into the body of the valve – which means no loss of flow.

Total Pipeline Systems provides products for all your above and below ground pipe requirements – including drainage channels. But how do you install them correctly?

Here we look at:

  • what channel drains are
  • the different types of channel drains
  • where and when to use them
  • what elements they comprise
  • the correct installation process

Looking to maximise the lifespan of your garden shed? What better way to do so than purchasing guttering supplies from Total Pipeline Systems?

Installing guttering onto the shed roof is a great way to increase strength and stability – preventing water from running down the sides. Rainwater guttering also provides an effective method of water collection as it can divert water into storage tanks – ready for future gardening applications.

Total Pipeline Systems is your one-stop-shop for all your above and below ground pipe requirements. We care about our customers and guarantee a first-class service, backed up with technical expertise.

Here at Total Pipes, we guarantee quality piping every time, meeting the requirements of various sectors, including civil engineering, plumbing and heating, landfill and irrigation. But why else should you choose us for your above and below ground pipe requirements?

In the UK, the average person uses 150 litres of water every day – whether it be to shower, bathe, wash, drink, or for laundry. So it’s no surprise we’re quick to pick up the phone and dial a plumber when water stops!

Losing water is not only an inconvenience but can also equate to a costly repair bill, which is why plumbers need to use the appropriate water pipes and fittings to prevent such issues.

Medium-density polyethylene (MDPE) pipe fittings are a fantastic alternative to traditional fittings, like compression fittings, and can reduce plumbing problems. However, they are often overlooked.

Here the team at Total Pipeline Systems explain why plumbers should make push fit MDPE fittings their no.1 choice for jobs.

pes and pipe fittings to prevent such issues.

Prone to large amounts of rainfall in the UK - grass and soils are often heavily saturated - and this can cause gardens to suffer from poor drainage. Another reason for this is that more of us are choosing to convert our gardens into paved areas for driveways or patios, increasing the risk of flooding.

Are you looking to improve your garden’s drainage this summer? Rest assured, you’re not alone and we have the perfect solution for you at Total Pipes. 

Wondering which channel drain is best? With so many options to choose from, it’s no surprise you find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting channel drainage but Total Pipes can help.

Choosing the wrong channel drains will result in problems further down the line, showing just how important it is to select the right one first time.

So, now the weather’s getting warmer and the days are getting longer, you’re probably thinking about updating your underground drainage, right? Whether you’re a beginner or simply looking to refresh your memory, let Total Pipeline Systems guide you through the process of installation.

So you’re looking to keep your drainage system in working order this summer? Total Pipeline Systems supply a wide range of waste pipes and fittings and are always on hand to advise you when it comes to maintaining healthy drains.

The best, and arguably the easiest, way to maintain your drainage system is prevention. Think before you put things down the drain - not everything can be flushed or drained. Being mindful of what you’re putting down your drains will effectively reduce the need to clear them often, saving you a great deal of time and effort.

Are you looking to update your channel drainage system in time for the upcoming summer? Let Total Pipeline Systems help you.

Channel drainage is used to remove surface water from an area and is typically installed on driveways, patios or gardens. It sits flat with tarmac or concrete paving - allowing you to walk or drive over it.

You’ve more than likely heard of ‘channel drainage’ or ‘linear drainage’ before, but do you know what it is and how it works?

Channel drainage is used worldwide for several applications - be it preventing ponding and heavy-run off or eliminating the risk of flash floods and downpours. It’s popular for its simple design and can be installed discreetly or to make a statement.

So, you’re looking to find out more about 110mm underground drainage? Let Total Pipeline Systems provide you with everything you need to know.

When it comes to underground drainage, you not only need the right tools for the job but the right amount of skill and knowledge too.

Are you looking to update your channel drains in time for the summer? Total Pipeline Systems can guide and advise you - making sure your channel drainage system is safe and efficient.

When installed correctly, a channel drain - or linear drain - offers a simple drainage solution for tarmacked, paved and concreted surfaces.

Looking to upgrade your underground drainage before summer? Total Pipeline Systems is your one-stop shop for underground drainage pipes and fittings.

We are proud to offer a wide range of high-quality products which are backed up with technical support and rapid delivery. To find out how we can help you, get in touch with us today.

Your underground drains have an important job to do. If they are poorly maintained it can cause disruption – costing you time and money.

Looking after drains properly is something that requires a great deal of time and knowledge, which is where Total Pipeline Systems can help you.

There are many different pipes used to carry waste in and out of your home, but how can you distinguish the difference between a soil pipe and a waste pipe? Let Total Pipeline Systems help.

Underground drainage systems provide a practical solution for collecting excess water and storing it reliably. Drainage systems transport excess water via drainage pipes until it reaches the appropriate disposal area.

If you’re looking to improve your property, there is more to think about than the architectural design, including underground drainage. Although it’s something that can easily be overlooked, an Underground Drainage System can help to drain water efficiently, preventing it from pooling and becoming contaminated.

Total Pipeline Systems are the company of choice for many different industries, ranging from ground workers, civil engineers, plumbers and contractors.

We supply Plastic Piping in several styles and sizes to meet and exceed the requirements of all customers.

Time to update your underground drainage? This can be a big job without professional expertise. So why not seek advice from the team of experts at Total Pipeline Systems? We can provide you with top tips for installation and any additional support that you require to help simplify the installation process and maximise efficiency.

Have you noticed that your water system is leaking? Is your drainage system showing signs of deterioration? Perhaps you’re looking to replace pipes that have corroded? If so, Total Pipeline Systems have just the solution for you with our wide range of plastic piping.

Plastic Piping has become increasingly popular for a wide range of customers and is quickly becoming the preferred choice for drainage systems. It’s clear to see why Plastic Piping is so popular with residential and commercial customers when there are so many benefits to be had!

Your Underground Drainage system is used to drain sewage water and grey wastewater from the bath, dishwasher, toilet and washing machine. It’s something that is considered useful for residential and commercial installations and we supply a wide range of products, here at Total Pipeline Systems.

In the UK, we are only too used to a heavy downpour! Rainfall in the UK varies for a number of reasons, which makes it incredibly difficult to predict the weather forecast.

Make sure that your Underground Drainage is in working order before the winter. Assess how well your system is performing and update any products that are starting to show signs of premature wear and tear or are simply underperforming.

Want to know a little more about what a soil pipe is?

In today’s blog, we’re taking a closer look at soil pipes – including what they are, how they differ from waste pipes, what they are made from and their main purpose.

Within your home, there are specific pipes to remove waste away from your home and, if you’re to maintain them, you need to know the difference between them. Unless you’re a qualified plumber or drainage engineer, knowing your soil pipes from your waste pipes can be easier said than done. So, stick around to find out more.

Choosing Plastic Pipes needn’t be difficult- not when Total Pipeline Systems provide a complete range of products that inevitably match your exact specification.

As your go-to provider of Plastic Piping, Total Pipes are more than capable of delivering suitable products for your intended application, ensuring that you achieve the functionality that you require.

When it comes to understanding how your Underground Drainage works, why not let Total Pipeline Systems talk you through the basics?

Plastic Pipes from Total Pipeline Systems hold countless advantages over pipes that are manufactured from cast iron and copper- it’s no surprise that they have increased in popularity when they offer a more convenient and affordable alternative for so many applications.

Could you benefit from our wide range of Plastic Piping?

Wondering what’s the big deal about Electrofusion? Let Total Pipeline Systems talk you through the basics to ensure that, should you need Electrofusion fittings, you choose the right ones for your application!

Plastic piping is quickly becoming the preferred choice of various professionals. Increasingly more people are choosing plastic pipes and pipe fittings over the concrete, clay, iron and steel counterparts, and it’s no surprise when they have countless benefits to offer!

Here at Total Pipeline Systems, we are proud to supply the essentials for all pipe requirements, ensuring that you find products that suit your application and budget seamlessly. From our extensive collection of soil pipes and pipe fittings, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for, so be sure to check them out today!

Committed to producing high-quality land drainage pipes, Total Pipeline Systems aim to satisfy all drainage needs and wants. Our drainage pipes are either perforated or unperforated, it merely depends on your specific requirements.

When it comes to finding twin wall ducting for your unique application, you’ll find that Total Pipeline Systems supplies a comprehensive range of ducting for you to choose from, taking into consideration the demands of any civil, utility or telecommunication project.

Are you looking to prevent damage? The twin wall pipes and ducting that we provide are perfect if you need to alert people to the presence of your underground drainage, informing them of what is carried within it.

If you’re looking to enhance the performance of your underground drainage, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Total Pipeline Systems, we specialise in underground drainage products for domestic and commercial applications, so you needn’t worry about finding something suitable for your drainage project.

Whether you’re looking for drainage gullies or gully traps, we can help you to find only the most suitable products for your drainage system, so be sure to check out our range of products here today!

Throughout the winter, your pipes and drains can experience some of the most adverse weather conditions. Total Pipeline Systems supply a complete range of underground drainage products, allowing you to deal with whatever the winter throws at you!

As a simple rule of thumb, water expands when it freezes, therefore, you need to make sure that your drains are protected.

There are several ways in which you can prepare your underground drainage system, including the following:

Updating rainwater systems can be many people’s worst nightmare. With so many products to choose from, it can be incredibly difficult to identify exactly what you need but that’s where we come in.

Our experts, here at Total Pipeline Systems, are always on hand to help when it comes to choosing suitable products for your application, so be sure to discuss your requirements with us in further detail today.

Let’s weigh up just how reliable rainwater systems are…

Here at Total Pipeline Systems, we provide a wide range of underground drainage products, suiting a wide range of budget requirements.

If you’re looking to get the most out of your underground drainage systems, you needn’t look any further than Total Pipes. Here’s how we recommend you maintain your systems for longer:

Needless to say, rain is only a stones through away in the UK and maintaining your channel drainage is a must if you want to keep your costs to a minimum! After a heavy downpour, your channel drainage can take a battering, hence why you may consider updating your drainage channel, before the summer.

Although the summer is an ideal time to update your channel drainage, you may need to replace your channel drain before then, especially after periods of intense rainfall. If this is the case, you can count on Total Pipeline Systems to provide you with all you need to improve the efficiency of your drainage channels!

Understandably, you want to acquire the most suitable tools for your underground drainage products, so why look anywhere other than Total Pipeline Systems? We have the skill and knowledge to help you to find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it be drain chambers or pipes and pipe fittings!

You want to prevent the risk of damage to underground drainage systems (and rightly so!) so if you’re looking for a clearer understanding of how underground drainage works, be sure to get in touch with our experts.

Heavy rainfall is not uncommon in the UK and here at Total Pipeline Systems we can help you to protect your property throughout the worst downpours of the seasons, so be sure to check out our rainwater systems!

Carrying out regular maintenance will not only allow you to prolong the lifespan of your products, you’ll also have the opportunity to prevent any further damage. We provide drainage pipes, guttering and fittings and downpipes.

Whether you’re looking to update your existing pipes and fittings or to replace them, you needn’t look any further than Total Pipes!

We provide the 110mm underground drainage pipes to suit the requirements of various plumbing applications, ultimately preventing any plumbing problems, further down the line. Why not check out our extensive range of underground drainage pipes today?

With the winter leaming, you can bet we’re in for a downpour. Here at Total Pipes, we provide all you could possibly need to improve the functionality of your home, protecting it against all weathers, so be sure to check out our extensive range of rainwater systems and gutter supplies today.

The last thing you want is for your gutters to become blocked with leaves and debris, but you also want to prevent them from over-spilling after heavy rainfall or snow!

When nature throws a curve ball, you want to be sure that your prepared; make sure you’re your rainwater systems are functioning exceptionally well… look no further than Total Pipeline Systems

Underground drainage allows waste water to flow with ease. At Total Pipeline Systems, we provide drainage gullies to prevent any leaves from blocking or trapping the waste water from reaching the sewer, but why do you need to invest in underground drainage this winter?

Total Pipeline Systems supply a wide range of high-quality pipes and pipe fittings to suit the most diverse needs and requirements, within this collection, you can expect to find the 110mm underground drainage products too.

Deciding which soil pipes are right for your application needn’t be difficult! Here at Total Pipeline Systems, we provide a complete range of high-quality soil pipes and pipe fittings, don’t hesitate to find out more today!

What are drainage gullies?

Drainage gullies act to drain surface water from areas susceptible to flooding and water collection such as roads, pedestrian areas, flat roofs, and can be used in conjunction with ground floor domestic appliances to remove waste water.

Total Pipeline Systems has the perfect solution for your business needs and wants, take the 110mm underground drainage, for instance. To prevent your business becoming afloat after periods of intense rainfall, the 110mm underground drainage pipes are ideal!

Similar to the installation of land drainage pipes, the conditions throughout the winter are not ideal for installing round downpipes! A rainwater system is best fitted when the conditions are dry, it’s much easier and efficient.

So, why not install round downpipes throughout the summer months and be well prepared for the forthcoming winter?

If you don’t maintain your drainage system periodically it might be worth considered replacing your current system, as you can’t be sure that it’s performing to the best of its ability. A poorly maintained rainwater system will not be efficient, in terms of functionality and affordability.

There’s no time like the summer to update your office or your green space, so why not consider Total Pipeline Systems range of products and services today? We provide products and services for contractors, ground workers and plumbers, however, we also supply pipe solutions for anyone who requires high-quality pipes.

Throughout the winter, there are many things you have to off-set due to unpredictable weather conditions, for instance cleaning the warehouse gutters is definitely a job for the summer - who wants to be up on the roof when it’s pouring down with rain?

Additionally, there’s no time like the present to remove blockages and prevent leakages! The summer is ideal for maintaining your business’ worksite and making any necessary improvements plumping and draining. Pipes should be regularly inspected to ensure there is a clear transfer of waste - so speak to us at Total Pipes for any advice and guidance!

The pipes which are used to convey toilet waste to a sewer or drainage system are referred to as a soil pipe. Total Pipes have a wide range of soil pipes available, in various shapes, sizes and colours.
Here at Total Pipes, we have many different types of soil pipes including push fit and solvent weld - both of which are suitable for civil engineering and professional plumbing projects.

If you have any plumbing concerns, consider Total Pipes to have the perfect solution. We specialise in modern drainage systems, hence why we provide soil pipe fittings and waste pipe fittings.

Total Pipeline Systems are experienced in providing products for rainwater systems. Regardless of your needs for style, we never compromise on functionality, with all of our guttering systems created to last and are available in a range of colours and sizes to match the aesthetic of your home.


Electrofusion is a method of fusing two pipes together that could not be joined using traditional butt fusion. This usually occurs when the pipes require the addition of valves, tees or elbows to connect. Despite its fancy title, the procedure of electrofusion is quite a simple one, which can be characterised by the following three steps.

Traditional pipeline surveying is usually achieved with the use of a camera tractor, which runs between manholes, allowing small scale surveying through underground pipes. Another method of traditional surveying concerns manually pulling a camera backwards through a similarly small length of pipeline, with the use of a ‘fish’ pulled along on a rope.

What constitutes an effective underground drainage system? Amongst other factors, it’s important to use the correct type of pipework to meet industry regulations and avoid leaks. There are many things to bear in mind when installing a high-quality underground drainage system, but using the best quality products is probably the most essential consideration. Total Pipeline Systems are premier plastic pipe suppliers and we have the expertise to help you with all your drainage challenges. What pipework products can we offer you?

Where would we be without underground drainage systems? An efficient drainage systemprevents surface or foul water from accumulating in unsuitable places, which could lead toflooding, mould and water in your basement, damage to your house foundation and so on.

Living in the United Kingdom we’re all very aware that the biggest challenge to our homes and offices is damage from rainwater, and it rains a lot! That’s why it’s so important to choose the right rainwater system for your needs. With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of the four most important factors you need to consider when choosing your rainwater

Depending upon whether you are installing a new drainage system or intending to make alternations to an existing drainage network; you should always ensure that you liaise with the Building Control Department at your local Council. And present plans which outline the scope of works to be executed, making sure that the works comply with the latest Building Regulations, since fundamentally the works will need inspecting afterwards and passing off. Conversely if you are simply replacing sections that are damaged then this alleviates the necessary aforesaid notification.

Total Pipeline Systems has created a timeline to help readers get a better understanding on the historical journey of plumbing or drainage pipes. The following timeline begins by discussing the earliest drainage system to ever exist in the Minoan Palace of Knossos on the Isle of Crete, to the development of sewage and drain ditches and how homeowners had the pleasure of installing water systems in Plymouth, until the time when materials used in pipes were developed and improved.

An underrated technological innovation in the areas of sanitation, directional pipe drilling allows the installation of pipelines of any length without the need of digging up earth along the planned pipeline.  By means of directed drilling, an underground tunnel and pipeline can be installed without disturbing structures on the ground.  
Pipes are used for a multitude of different purposes. In larger industries, pipes are essential in providing the means of transporting a certain element such as water, waste, gas and oil amongst many others. For landfill applications, there are certain specific types of pipes which are preferred and have different specifications than your standard household models. These pipes are designed and made in a way that it will support landfill applications while minimising environmental hazards and providing an ideal protection for what is transported in the pipes. The type of pipes we choose for even more specific use such as methane gas or leachate will be more sensitive towards the pipe choices we use, since careful consideration to environmental hazards and impact is needed.



As with many modern facilities located in both the city and countryside, water is used to maintain them. The water keeps the area clean from dirt and the surrounding natural environment, such as large patches of grass, is kept in a healthy state. In addition, rainwater also plays a role to maintain these facilities without human intervention. When rainwater is absent, sprinkler systems help a lot in keeping the soil quality up to par. However, it is essential that a proper irrigation system be utilised so that it does not destroy the beauty of such human made terrain. This applies to many modern sporting facilities such as golf courses and many others. With proper pipes for irrigation systems, the large patches of beautiful land can last a very long time.


In the piping industry, there are different types of materials used for all sorts of utilities. From pipes to guttering systems, the quality of these materials improve over time and the selection of quality grade materials can be purchased in many different hardware stores. Many large industries have certain standards of what they use for their projects. For instance, in the old days, cast iron pipes were the norm but has been slowly replaced by more preferable HDPE pipes due to their durability and ease of installation. Even home owners swear to a certain type of grade material for their home DIY projects, but the choices have now increased thanks to the innovation of technology in the piping industry. Depending on which pipe part a consumer requires, most will look for suppliers and brands that have a recognised image in the piping industry. One exception of such brand is the Kanaflex hose.


The availability of pipes and their variants are an essential part of our daily lives. We almost never see them as our minds are not set to focus on them during normal routines. Unless you are someone who works in the pipe industry, pipes become a daily meal and knowing the different types of pipes and their build is like knowing the back of your hand. Pipes have come a long way from just being the old and clunky cast iron pipe found (still) in a lot of homes across many countries. Fortunately for the most of us, technology has enable us to be supplied and supported with newer generations and variants of better quality pipes.



Intro to industrial plastics


When choosing an industry grade plastic for piping needs, there is quite an extensive range of plastics to choose from. Every single variant has its own unique capabilities and limitations which are ideal for certain purposes in industry. From cheap to expensive, the choices are only limited to each type’s specifications and to the needs of the individual who is to apply them. Plastic pipes are most often used for transporting clean water one way and guiding wastewater another.


Two of the most commonly found industrial plastics are PVC and ABS. ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. Both types are popular choices due to their availability, prices, as well as for their properties as being non-toxic and their resistance to abrasion and corrosion, as well as their resistance to most acids, alkalis, and salts. Furthermore, they both can be applied above and below ground. Most people know PVC or ABS simply as “pipes”, but surprisingly they are also used in a wide range of other industry grade products.




PVC has a wide range of applications. It is extremely durable and flexible at a low price. It is commonly known to be used for pipes, however it is also used for other applications such as:


  • Instruments
  • Toys (and Legos)
  • Appliances
  • Luggage
  • Protective head gear
  • Canoes
  • Golf club heads
  • Colourant

PVC pipes are a little bit more challenging to install over ABS as they need a specialised primer before being glued together. Afterwards, the joints have to be held together at a firm position for about 10 to 15 seconds for the glue to settle in. PVC pipes are generally softer than ABS which can make them ideal in some situations and is generally resistant to sunlight which avoids it from being deformed or cracked.




Similarly like PVC, ABS is used for pipes and is famously known as “the black pipe”. It is used for a very wide range of utilities such as:

ABS is strong, rigid, and very cheap. In construction, ABS is commonly used in drainage and sewer systems, as well as for electrical insulation. ABS is much easier to install over PVC pipes as the parts generally fit together without much effort. However, if ABS is exposed to direct sunlight when used above ground, there is a greater chance for it to deform and possibly crack. For this reason, ABS pipes are usually coated with specialised latex paint to act as a layer of protection towards ultraviolet rays.




Both types of plastic pipes share a common weakness towards chlorinated hydrocarbons which can deform or crack the pipe’s wall. Although they are both relatively cheap, many have opted for PVC over ABS but this is a subject of personal preference. ABS is much stronger than PVC as it can withstand impact at lower temperatures but deforms under sunlight if no paint is applied. On the other hand, PVC is not as sturdy but is more flexible and softer which can make it ideal in case specific circumstances.


Both types of pipes work well in many applications, but before purchasing one of the two, careful consideration should be taken towards the environmental aspects of where these pipes will be applied. There is nothing wrong with working with these two types of pipes in combination, as they do not always have to be uniformly used in conjunction. For instance, one might use PVC for above ground applications and ABS for below ground. It all goes back to the choice of the individual who will be working with these pipes.


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General Introduction


Nothing lasts forever, not even pipes. Being an essential part of a water system, ductile iron pipes serve the function of transporting water throughout a working system. These pipes are the “upgraded” version of what was more commonly used: the cast iron pipe. As with most metals, they tend to corrode overtime and may even cause a health hazard if left untreated. In addition, corroding pipes leads to leakage and will sever any water supply in any water system. Two viable options are either to repair damaged pipes or do a complete replacement. Either way, repairing your pipe system will be costly and the work will require heavy-duty maintenance. As the old saying goes “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. However, you will be able to save large amounts of money through careful inspection of any of your pipes and then fixing any problems that you encounter.


Cast Iron and Ductile Iron Pipes


With most pipes being in the ground, they are covered by soil. Almost all soil contains a pH scale which determines its acidity. With this it creates an acidic environment which surrounds your pipes and causes it to corrode overtime from the outside. If you live or operate a business with pipe properties that date to the early 1900s, there is a good chance that most of the pipes will need to be replaced, if not so already. Buildings as early as from the early 19th century have mostly cast iron pipes built through them. If you know that any structure you might live or operate in was built around and after the 1970’s, there is a very strong chance that the pipes used were of ductile iron pipes which are an upgraded version of cast iron pipes.


What to Consider Before Making a Choice


Before coming to any major decisions, if you are ever in doubt it is highly recommended that you call upon an expert who can check your pipes for you. As replacing entire pipe systems can be extremely expensive, the plumber or whoever is inspecting the pipes should check for corrosion and water flow. Signs of failing pipes can be seen through limited water flow due to rust flakes which develop overtime from the insides of the pipes rusting from corrosive sulfuric acid, as well as reduced quality of water supply due to chemical contamination. Since we have the corrosive properties of soil itself from the outside including the effects of sulfuric acid from the inside, it’s a two way battle. No matter if it is cast iron pipes or ductile iron pipes, they will eventually corrode. This is why we need to enforce the fact that the inspector or plumber is someone who really knows pipes inside out. Their careful judgment and your decision will determine the amount of money spent on repairs or replacements. You might even have to destroy building parts in order to reach the pipes themselves.


Final Words


If you plan on doing any renovations towards your home or work area and have money to spend, replacing pipes will prove to be an excellent benefit. You should also take a look at other pipe material alternatives such as PVC or galvanised steel to find the ideal balance of pipe life expectancy, reduced risks and cost saving measures. Furthermore, you should also take into consideration that either by replacing old pipes or even maintaining them will prove to be costly. Choose wisely.


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Large industries and homeowners apply different types of piping for various purposes, including drainage, water supply, and even gas utilities.

There are various pipes to choose from, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Plastic pipes – most notably PVC and ABS pipes – have grown in popularity and appear to be the first choice for plumbing projects these days.

Not only inexpensive and lightweight, they will never corrode, are great at keeping hot water hot, and don’t collect condensation like metal pipes. But not all plastic pipes are the same.

So, which should you choose?

Here the team at Total Pipeline Systems explain a little bit about the two most common pipe materials – including their pros and cons – to help you make an informed decision.  

PVC pipes

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. The material itself is a chlorinated hydrocarbon polymer that, in its natural state, is rigid and brittle. However, when combined with additives, it’s made more resilient and malleable – perfect for water pipes, toys, clothes, shower curtains, cable insulation, amongst other things.

PVC pipes are a versatile and durable choice for professionals and DIYers alike. They are typically suited to indoor applications as they are soundproof – meaning you won’t hear the water flow through the system.

Pros of PVC

  • Flexible
  • Easy to install, dismantle, and maintain
  • Durable under harsh conditions
  • Resistant – ideal for transporting water and electricity as they offer high resistance to heat and corrosion
  • Lightweight and easy to transport (eco-friendly)
  • Cost-effective – a simple process is used for its mass production
  • Safe and non-toxic

Cons of PVC

Whilst the positives generally outweigh the negatives, one possible downside to PVC is that it is made from materials that contain a substance called BPA (bisphenol A).

BPA has been used in the plastic making industry for many years and the potential risk of a PVC pipe is if you use it for transporting drinking water, as it contains this chemical substance.

Using PVC for anything else besides that won’t be too much of a problem. However, PVC requires a longer process to join together, and you will need additional materials for this.

ABS pipes

ABS is short for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene – a plastic commonly used to manufacture pipes and fittings, as well as other items such as toys (LEGO®), power tool bodies, valve handles, instrument cases, car bumpers, kitchen appliances, and more.

Much like PVC pipes, ABS pipes are ideal for commercial and residential applications and can be used for drain, waste, and vent piping systems and as insulation for electrical cables. However, an ABS waste pipe won’t flake, peel, rot, dissolve, fade, or leak, which makes it perfect for use outdoors and underground – providing it’s kept out of direct sunlight.

Pros of ABS:

  • Tough
  • Rigid
  • Affordable
  • Simple to install
  • Shock resistant
  • Ability to withstand extremely cold temperatures
  • Low cost

Cons of ABS:

ABS pipes tend to be stronger than their PVC counterparts – but it’s important to be aware of their disadvantages, too.

The material itself has a low melting point which renders it useless for high-temperature applications. It’s also flammable, which means it’s not suitable for indoor use.

An ABS waste pipe doesn’t stand up so well to UV exposure and can warp with exposure to direct sunlight.

What are the key differences between PVC and ABS pipes?

Though PVC and ABS pipes share some common uses and are similar in terms of cost, they also have several distinct differences. One of the most obvious being; PVC pipes are white and ABS pipes are black.

PVC is more flexible and better at muffling the sound of water as it travels through the pipework, but ABS is stronger and more shock resistant.

How the two types of pipes are installed is another key difference. An ABS waste pipe is typically the easiest to install – requiring a one-step process. PVC, on the other hand, has to be primed and then cemented together, taking slightly longer.

Which one is for me?

The final step is making the right decision on which pipe material to choose.

First, you need to consider your budget. Are you willing to invest some money into pipe instalments? If so, go for PVC. If money is tight, consider opting for an ABS waste pipe instead.

Once you’ve thought about how much you can afford to spend, the next step is to think about what the pipes are needed for. Will you be using them above or below ground? Will they be exposed to extreme weather and sunlight?

ABS is an excellent choice for below ground applications, whereas PVC is best used above ground – thanks to its resistance to heat and sunlight. In colder environments that don’t get much sunlight, an ABS waste pipe should suffice.

If you’re looking for waste pipes that are straightforward to install, ABS is best as you won’t need any additional materials or components to connect them.

Need an expert opinion?

The team at Total Pipes is always on hand and can help you to determine which is best.

Feel free to call us on 01254 382 000 or drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we’ll get back to you.


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There are various household and industrial products available in the open market for maintaining gas in daily operations. Whether you’re a house owner, an apartment landlord or a factory manager, choosing and installing a gas meter is as important as maintaining your water and electricity flow. From the different gas pipe fittings, housings, valves, and meters available, choosing a suitable component to match any individual’s requirement can be a nightmare in terms of compatibility and durability. However, there are several items that have been recommended over the course of the application of certain components. In particular, gas meters have been an area of interest. From different variants and housings, choosing the right component for your projects requires no real decision making process if you know the basics.

Basic Function of a Gas Meter

Gas meters are used for various purposes in consumer, industrial, and commercial environments to regulate gas flow. For instance, in apartments where gas is supplied for the inhabitants (for cooking, etc.), a gas meter is used for billing purposes, which shows how much gas the inhabitants are using. If the gas meters are of higher gas flow pressure, they are often installed outside the main building of application for safety reasons. Normally, lower pressure gas meters are installed indoors. However, in the UK it’s the opposite, as usually these meters are sometimes located inside.

Variants and Build Quality

Since there are different and more complex meters available, whether you need to control and maintain gas flow for your projects or utilities, gas meters comes generally in standard and non-standard variants. For standard gas meters, they can virtually be purchased easily in most hardware stores and is always used for low-pressure gas maintenance. A maximum delivery of 1,680 kilowatts (kW) is typical in a standard gas meter. Standard gas meters are manufactured by many different companies and come in different varieties.

If you plan on having a gas service pressure in the medium to high range, you will need to purchase and install a non-standard gas meter. Purchasing a non-standard gas meter will require pre-ordering. They will be designed from scratch from the moment we order them and only produced as soon as the order and purchase have been made. Proper installation and consultation is needed and recommended before you commit to any purchases.

Different gas meters come with a wide variety of indicators. Some of them utilise multiple pointer-styled hand clocks or digital readouts, which closely resembles an odometer, to even remote readouts which are the current trend nowadays. These remote readouts utilise an electronic pulse output, which is mounted on the meter. Different styles are made available, however the most commonly used one is the contact closure switch.


If you plan on installing a gas meter and housing from scratch, it is recommended that you consult with a Gas Safe Engineer to ensure proper installation and safety measures. In general, a low-pressure gas meter can be installed inside a building, but medium to higher-pressure ones will be required to be installed outside in a suitable housing. The gas housing itself plays an important role in protecting the actual gas meters as well as the consumer from gas build-up, the dangers of explosions, theft, and even damage from the weather. A free standing gas meter will require concrete to hold it (as well as the housing), but another bolt on variant is also made available if the meter were to be wall mounted half in the wall and half out, and even a semi-concealed box which lies half above and half underground. These housings are normally made from plastic, are durable and strong, and will last a relatively long time.

Which One to Choose

Whether you’re installing a gas meter for personal or industrial use, just remember the two areas that we need to take into consideration when choosing a gas meter: the service pressure of the gas in the mains and the maximum gas load that an individual might require. Depending on what you need, there is a wide range of fittings to choose from. For gas meters, just remember that if you need low pressure with a maximum delivery of 1,680 kilowatts (kW), go for the standard gas meter. Anything higher than that, consider the non-standard gas meter. You will also need to decide on a proper housing and suitable location for the non-standard gas meter. Consult a professional before you decide on purchasing and installing one for security reasons.


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Brief background on septic systems:

In areas that lack proper sewage treatment systems, a septic system is used to contain all waste which humans make. These septic systems are installed in areas that have a minimal connection to the main sewage pipes in the surrounding neighbourhood. Most of these septic systems are controlled and maintained by private corporations or by the local government. Additional components may also be provided, such as pumps and filters, as well as additional disposal systems, including drain fields and ponds.

Function of septic tanks:

Certain types of septic systems utilise septic tanks. Septic tanks are a form of on-site sewage facility. Several countries incorporate the use of septic tanks and they are usually found in small towns and suburban and rural areas. Larger cities normally do not utilise septic tanks due to the space requirement for their large drain fields. Septic tanks are usually installed outside the corresponding building, usually around a large open space, and are generally constructed of concrete or hard plastic. Modern septic systems are usually equipped with two chambers. Each chamber acts as the ‘filter’ element in the septic system, separating the main solids and liquids.

How does it work:

A septic system works when all the waste produced inside a household is funnelled into their separate outlet pipes. Eventually, these pipes connect to a main pipe that connects to the septic tank. In the first chamber of the septic tank, the collected waste gets separated into two major parts. The heavier components (waste) sink to the bottom. This heavier component is called “sludge”. The latter, called “scum”, floats to the upper surface. In between the top and bottom layers, one finds a relatively clear liquid called “effluent” or “grey water”. In the first chamber of the septic tank, an anaerobic bacterial environment takes place naturally due to the decomposition of waste. From there, the clear liquid is moved along into the other chamber where further settlement occurs. After that, the more clarified liquid is finally processed along a drain outlet and dispersed into the drain field.

How are they emptied:

Any waste (sludge) that does not decay in the anaerobic bacterial environment must be removed manually from septic tanks. If the waste is not removed, a degradation of the septic tank’s functionality will certainly occur. The less ‘purified’ waste will continue to the last process of the septic waste management and this waste will be ejected into the natural environment. This could prove to be a nightmare and would be considered an environmental hazard. Furthermore, this ‘unpurified’ waste may clog up the drain chambers and may force a disastrous ‘back flow’. If left unmaintained, huge maintenance cost will likely occur. To make matters worse, the dumping of oil, grease, food waste, non-biodegradable solids and liquids with high salt concentrations certainly will degrade the septic tank’s performance. Due to this fact, periodical inspection and maintenance is recommended. The frequency in which inspection occurs depends on the size of the household and septic tank itself.

When are they emptied:

In some countries, the individual households are responsible for the management and maintenance of their personal septic tanks. In a more controlled environment, health authorities and inspectors usually require the tanks to be drained at certain intervals. Typically, several septic systems require extraction after a few years or even sooner. Again, depending on the septic system itself, intervals of 10 to20 years between pumping is also common. Normally, a certain measurement is made during any inspection process to determine when a septic tank should be drained. To be safe, yearly inspection is probably recommended to prevent any unwanted mishaps.

Where does the waste go:

Gone are the days when disposal companies could dispose of waste in specialised dumpsites. Due to the health hazards that occurred from these past systems, modern waste treatment facilities have been put in place. One might wonder where the waste from these septic tanks is brought. In a government-controlled environment, the government itself provides the rules and regulations to where the waste goes. However, there are a few other possibilities, such as direct dumping into a municipal sewage system or delivery to independent for-profit companies. Several waste treatment facilities also refine waste to transform them into fertilisers. Farmers usually gain the advantage of cheap fertiliser, as municipal systems don’t have to worry about what to do with the waste. Finally, what is probably the most staggering use of septic waste, would be its use to create electricity. This astounding provision is made available through treatment plants. In these facilities, methane gas is produced and broken down to generate electricity through the use of fuel cells. What’s even better is that the electricity produced does not combust, hence resulting in a clean and efficient electrical power source.


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