Drainage is a very important concern within any property. Not only will implementing the right solution help to prevent damage, but it will also ensure that problems can be solved without spending a great deal of money. This is why inspection chambers may be required in order to address any existing issues.
What is an inspection chamber and what is its main purpose? Are there different types? How can you choose the right model with the help of the experts at JKH Drainage? Let’s look at each of these questions.
What are Inspection Chambers?
Drainage inspection chambers are simply access points within an existing underground network of pipes. They are often found where a series of pipes or outlets meet. The main purpose of these chambers is to provide professionals with visual access to the system. So, it is much easier to tell if a repair is required during a standard survey.
As you might have imagined, the type of underground chamber will vary depending upon the existing drainage system. This is why choosing the best design will normally require the advice of an expert. Here are some common options:
- One-piece circular chambers
- Octagonal junction boxes
- Sectional inspection chambers
- Chambers containing meters and other monitoring equipment
Selecting the right model will depend on issues such as depth, the number of pipes and the total length of the drainage system.
When are Inspection Chambers Required and How are They Installed?
So, when might an inspection chamber be needed? There are several scenarios which will require its presence. A chamber should be present if the direction of any pipework changes by an angle of more than 30 degrees.
Changes in the size (diameter) of a pipe will also warrant an inspection chamber. If two pipes join together at a 45-degree angle or more, a chamber is required. Most experts recommend that a chamber should be installed if a run of piping exceeds 22 metres in length.
An inspection chamber will be installed by digging around the pipework or junction. Some pipes may need to be cut in order to fit into the chamber. Assuming that all pipes have been connected, the hole will subsequently be back-filled.
You can find more information by visiting the official drain and waste disposal page provided by the government.
Do you suspect that an inspection chamber might need to be installed? Are you confused as to which design is the best suited for your property? These are only two of the many issues that we are more than happy to address. Please take a look at our line of products and contact our team at JKH Drainage to ask any additional questions that you might have. We will be more than happy to help.