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Maintenance & Refurbishment


EASY INSTALLATION Installation of a new supply using such a product can be as straightforward as the following:


1. From the main service supply, run a single unjointed supply (up to 32mm OD), either at 750mm underground or insulated through insulated ducting.


2. Cut a core (100mm OD) through the wall to the point of delivery inside the property.


3. Line the core with twin wall ducting and insert the ducting. 4. Slide the insulation and duct into the core and seal to comply with Building Regulation Part C section 5.2


This can enable most water supply replacements to be completed within a couple of hours, without the traditional mess and disruption to the householders or occupiers. The improvement in work efficiency and reduction on the impact to


occupants is a win for both contractor and customer. There is also little impact to the exterior appearance of the property, as the system provides a neat, clean finish to the job. Insulated ducting allows the new water service to be routed up the


external face of the building and connected to the internal plumbing above ground level, whether this is the ground floor or upper storey. In multi- occupancy properties, some products can also allow multiple supply pipes to be installed.


RECOGNITION The use of insulated ducting also allows compliance with British Plumbing Employers Council (BPEC) best practice of joint free supply installation. In their recently launched Groundworker, Service Pipe and Meter Housing


Installation Training the use of joint free installation is recommended and is recognized to minimize the risk of future joint failure and leaks. In addition to providing a simple, compliant solution to lead free water


provision, insulated ducting can be used in association with surface mounted meter housings. UK water companies are now trialing or, as in the case of Portsmouth Water,


for example, moving completely to surface mounted meter housings, with a surface mounted water management system housing the meter above ground, removing unsightly street furniture and allowing for easy meter reading. The product also allows for future proofing the network, providing the option of the installation of ultra-smart (5G) two-way metering and ‘internet of things’ (IOT) technologies.


Steve Leigh is managing director of Groundbreaker


Drainage & Plumbing Feature


Replace lead water supply pipes in under 2 hours… no major excavations, minimal disruption with INSUduct®


the new water service to be routed up the external face of the building and connected to the internal plumbing above ground level, whether this is the ground floor or upper storey. In multi-occupancy properties INSUduct® allows multiple supply pipes to be installed, as it is designed to provide frost protection for up to three 32mm OD water pipes installed to the exterior of the building. INSUduct only requires one simple core drilled


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hole through the wall, at an appropriate point to connect with the internal plumbing. This enables most water supply replacements to be completed within a couple of hours, without the traditional mess and disruption to the householders or occupiers. The improvement in work efficiency and reduction on the impact to occupants is a win for both contractor and customer. There is also little impact to the exterior appearance of the property, as the INSUduct system provides a neat, clean finish to the job. Groundbreaker products are designed to


provide long lasting and effective thermal protec- tion to water pipes and fittings outside the thermal envelope of a building. They offer frost protection for 3 days or more with temperatures as low as -15°C, temperatures we rarely reach in


NSUduct® is an innovative solution. Minimising disturbance, time and cost. Unlike traditional methods, INSUduct® allows


“approved list” of most UK water companies. Steve Leigh, developer of the range and


Managing Director of Groundbreaker, has over 40 years’ experience in the Water Industry. “We’ve been putting pipes in holes in the ground to protect them from frost for decades, he explained. “Although it works, todays new materials allow for a much better solution. Keeping pipes on the surface reduces the risk of leaks developing and allows for easy repair and maintenance. It’s just a must better method of working.” This isn’t just Steve’s opinion in 2018


Groundbreaker were recognised by the HBF (Home Builders Federation) as the Utility Company of the Year for their innovative range that meets the highest standards in both product specification and leak free installation design. Lead Water Supply replacement has become a


priority for water companies across the UK. Systems such as Groundbreaker can overcome user reluctance and provide and time and cost- efficient methods of water supply pipe reluctance. For more information and applications, why


the UK – even with today’s erratic climate! Carefully fabricated to provide long lasting and effective thermal protection to water pipes and fittings in external situations, the products exceed British Standard 5422 and all relevant Water Regulations for frost protection and is on the


36 | HMM June/July 2021 | www.housingmmonline.co.uk


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