Pitch fibre drains were particularly popular in the mid-twentieth century but have since been replaced by the more durable plastic drains. Even though they are not used in new installation anymore, they are still prevalent in the homes and businesses of Portsmouth and beyond. This is because drain excavation is a more costly and disruptive process and it is sometimes hard to justify replacing a drain that isn’t broken. When they do break, however, or when they require maintenance, you need a company who has the expertise and experience in dealing with this unique kind of drain pipe. A drainage company like No1PHD.
Pitch fibre drains are a type of drain that was first developed in the 1950s, as a far cheaper alternative to clay pipes. It was also lighter, and thus easier to work with than clay. In the simplest terms, a pitch fibre pipe is essentially a treated paper mache tube. That fact together with the fact that part of the treatment often involved asbestos should go a long way to understanding why they are no longer used. But they did—and still do—their jobs, and so they are typically only replaced when they need to be. When such a need arises, pitch fibre pipes need handling with much greater care than your average clay or plastic pipes. Fortunately, No1PHD have the necessary expertise to deal with any pitch fibre problems you have in the Portsmouth area.
Absolutely blown away by the service we received. Took all the stress out of losing our heating and hot water. Highly recommended!
2 weeks ago
Couldn’t have asked for a faster resolution to our drainage conundrum. Nothing was too much for these guys who were brilliant throughout.
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From a purely monetary standpoint, pitch fibre drains are old. As we mentioned, they are essentially a very durable paper mache, but they have been in the ground since the 1970s at best, the 1950s at worst. In short, they won’t stand up to too much abuse. And unless you intend to replace all the pitch fibre drains on your property (and potentially any they connect to outside of your property) they need to be handled with care to prevent unnecessary damage. From a safety standpoint, the asbestos that is used to treat the pitch fibre pipes may be perfectly safe while the pipe is intact and untampered with, but can pose a health risk if not handled with expert care. No1PHD will ensure that any pitch fibre repair or replacement work is carried out with the utmost care for both adjoining pipes and the safety of those around.
This is a tricky one. While the drains are intact, we would typically recommend leaving them be. They can be very easily damaged after all this time in the ground, and if adjoining pipes—perhaps not part of your property—are damaged in the process, they would need to be replaced as well. If you just want the peace of mind of knowing that your drains are solid and good to go for a few more decades yet, No1PHD will, of course, be happy to discuss replacing your pitch fibre pipes entirely. But if you only want repair work carried out, the greatest of care needs to be taken.
With plenty of experience, expertise, and local professionals in Portsmouth ready to meet your needs, No1PHD is the best choice for pitch fibre drain replacement and repair. Simply call us today on 08006906777 to talk to one of our specialists.
After noticing that the house was unusually cold, we found that the heating wasn’t coming on and that our hot water had also failed. We called the team at No 1 PHD who dispatched an engineer to investigate. After discovering that the culprit was a faulty boiler part, they ordered in a new part and got it fitted as quickly as possible. The guys were great, and we couldn’t be happier.
For days, we’ve noticed a foul smell coming from outside and a gurgling sound coming from one of the drains. Whenever it would rain, the area around it would flood slightly and take ages to drain. We tried buying drain unblockers, but none seemed effective. Eventually, we turned to No 1 PHD and were left wondering why we didn’t do this sooner.