Your Guide to Installing Concrete Pipe

Posted on May 11, 2022

When it comes to choosing the right material for your infrastructure, concrete pipe is a smart choice. Not only is it strong and durable, but it’s also relatively easy to install. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps necessary to install concrete pipe. So if you’re ready to get started on your project, or are wondering how to install concrete culvert pipe, read on for all the information you need!

Handling Concrete Pipe

It is essential that precast concrete pipe be handled properly prior to the concrete drainage pipe installation. Improper handling can result in damage to the pipe, which can lead to leaks or even collapse. There are a few key things to keep in mind when handling concrete pipe:

  • Use the proper heavy construction equipment. Make sure you have a crane or other heavy lifting device that is rated for the weight of the pipe. Do not try to lift the pipe with a forklift or other smaller machinery – this could easily result in damage to the pipe.
  • Be careful when lowering the large pipe into place. Take your time and lower it slowly and evenly to avoid any potential stress points on the pipe.
  • Make sure the area around the pipe is level and free of debris. Any sharp objects could puncture the pipe, so it’s important to have a smooth, level surface around the pipe.

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Excavating for Concrete Pipe

Before installing a gas pipe in a concrete floor, the first thing that you need to do is to mark out the area where the pipe will be installed. This can be done by using a tape measure and some stakes. Once the area is marked out, you will need to excavate the hole for the pipe. The depth of the hole should be twice the diameter of the pipe. For example, if you are using a 10-inch pipe, you will need to excavate a 20-inch deep hole.

Next, you will need to install some rebar into the hole. The rebar will help to reinforce the concrete pipe and keep it from collapsing. Once the rebar is in place, you can begin to pour the concrete around the pipe. Make sure that the concrete is level as you are pouring it. Once the concrete has been poured, you will need to wait for it to cure. This can take up to 24 hours.

After the concrete has cured, you can remove the excavated material and install the pipe. The process of excavating for concrete pipe prior to installation can be time-consuming, but it is important to do it correctly.

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Preparing Joining Surfaces of Concrete Pipe

There are a few things you need to do to make sure the joining surfaces are properly prepared after cutting RCP pipe:

  1. Clean the surfaces: Any dirt, dust, grease, or other contaminants will interfere with the concrete’s ability to bond with the pipe. Use a wire brush or other abrasive tool to clean the contact points until they’re bright and shiny.
  2. Roughen the surfaces: This step is especially important if you’re working with new or smooth concrete. You need to create a “key” that will give the fresh concrete something to grip onto.
  3. Apply a bonding agent: Bonding agents are liquids or powders that help promote adhesion between two surfaces. They’re available at most hardware stores and home centers. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying a bonding agent.
  4. Let the surfaces dry: Once you’ve cleaned, roughened, and applied a bonding agent to the surfaces, let them dry completely before proceeding. This step is crucial – if the surfaces are even slightly damp, the concrete will not bond properly.

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Installing Concrete Pipe

Pipe installation is a critical process in the construction of any concrete structure. There are a few key steps that must be followed in order to ensure a secure and reliable install.

  • First, the pipe must be lowered into the trench with a crane.
  • Next, workers will guide the pipe section into place and align it with the existing pipeline.
  • Finally, the spigot end of the new pipe must be inserted into the bell of the pipe at the end of the installed pipeline.

Once in place, the bell gasket will be stretched using a rounding device. It is important that the gasket is not stretched too much, as this can cause leaks at the joints or cracks in the bell.

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Backfilling Concrete Pipe

As you are laying concrete drainage pipes for storm sewers, water lines, and other types of underground piping, you will eventually have to ensure the pipe is deep, and backfill the trench. Filling the space around and above the pipe with backfill material is critical to preventing soil erosion and guaranteeing that the ground above doesn’t settle and damage the pipe. Depending on the type of project, there are different ways to backfill a concrete pipe.

If you’re working on a small residential project, you can probably get away with using a shovel to fill in the area to make sure the trench is filled. But for larger projects, it’s best to rent a tamping machine. This will help ensure that the backfill is packed tightly around the pipe so that there’s no chance of settlement or erosion.

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How To Get Started

Concrete pipe has been used for centuries as a reliable and durable way to move water and other liquids from one place to another. If you are in the market for this type of pipe, or are considering installing it yourself, our guide will be helpful. We’ll walk you through the process of excavating for concrete pipe, preparing joining surfaces, installing the pipe, and backfilling it.

AmeriTex Pipe & Products has been installing concrete pipe for over 25 years. We have the experience and knowledge to get the job done right. If you are in need of a concrete pipe installation, contact us today.