Maintenance-free Concrete Sewer Encasements: Encasing a pipe in concrete to provide strength and protection to Sydney Water assets.

Upgrading and protecting aging sewer mains and pipelines in Sydney is crucial for ensuring efficient wastewater management. Many of the existing sewer mains and pipelines around Sydney are constructed from materials like clay or cast iron, which are prone to deterioration over time. To enhance durability and longevity, Sydney Water generally recommend replacing these older pipes with modern PVC alternatives.

The PVC pipe material offers superior resistance to corrosion and wear. Surrounding the PVC pipe with a layer of concrete further fortifies the structure, providing added strength and safeguarding against external pressures and ground movements.

Concrete sewer encasements not only reduce maintenance costs but also enhances the overall resilience of the sewer system, promoting environmental sustainability and public health.

What is a concrete sewer encasement?

A maintenance-free concrete sewer encasement is the process of removing the earth around a sewer main and surrounding the pipe in concrete. This process makes the pipe ‘maintenance free', thus allowing structures to be built over or in close proximity to the Sydney Water sewer main.

Concrete sewer encasements usually form part of the Sydney Water Building Plan approval works and can only be undertaken by Sydney Water accredited minor and major works constructors. All Line Plumbing are fully accredited and insured to be able to carry out a wide range of concrete sewer encasement projects within Sydney and beyond.

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Works that may require a concrete sewer encasement

Permanent or temporary building works that may adversely impact the sewer main and usually require a concrete encasement include residential, commercial, and industrial works such:

  • Domestic swimming pool installations and water tanks
  • Carports, verandahs, pergolas, and sheds
  • Decks and retaining walls
  • Driveway or pavement constructions
  • Planting trees and landscaping
  • Residential subdivisions and housing estate developments
  • Duplex or townhouse developments
  • Granny flat constructions
  • Demolition and excavation
  • School campus expansions or new educational facilities
  • Road construction projects
  • Civil infrastructure projects
Sydney Water Sewer Encasement Process
Sewer encasmement process: pipe preparation
Sydney Water Sewer Encasement Process
Sewer encasmement process: pipe preparation
Sydney Water Sewer Encasement Process
Sewer encasmement process: pipe preparation

Process of a concrete sewer encasement

Before you can receive a Section 73 Compliance Certificate or Building Plan Approval, you will need to adhere to the Sydney Water Notice of Requirements, and these may include the need for a sewer encasement.

The most common process and steps for a maintenance-free concrete sewer encasement are:

  1. Approval
    Before any concrete sewer encasement works can commence, the works will need to be approved by a Water Servicing Coordinator (WSC) who is accredited by Sydney Water. This approval will usually form part of your Building Plan Approval works but sometimes can fall under Section 73 works also. Once the project has been approved by an accredited Water Servicing Coordinator, the concrete sewer encasement works may commence on site.
  2. Excavation
    The first step of the construction works is to excavate the existing sewer main. Depending on the depth of the sewer main and ground conditions, sometimes the trench will need to be supported by trench shoring or will have to be benched out to ensure the trench is stable and safe to work in.
  3. Pipe Preparation
    Once the excavation is completed the sewer main must be prepared for the placement of concrete. Often the sewer mains which are old clay pipe will be removed and replaced with new PVC piping at this stage. The sewer main will have to be supported and fixed so that it is straight and on percent of fall to ensure it does not move when the concrete is being poured.
  4. Inspection
    An inspection of the sewer encasement will need to be undertaken by the Water Servicing Coordinator (WSC) once concrete is ready to be poured. As the constructor, All Line Plumbing will liaise with your project WSC to schedule this inspection for the correct time.
  5. Pouring of Concrete
    Once the works have passed inspection, concrete will be able to be poured around the sewer main. The concrete will fully encapsulate the sewer main making the pipeline structurally sound and "maintenance free".
  6. Backfilling
    After the concrete has adequately cured, the trench can be backfilled back up to the existing ground level and site will be tidied. This is the last step for the on-site construction works.
  7. Work as Constructed Documentation
    The last step of the concrete sewer encasement construction process is submission of the Work As Constructed information to the project's Water Servicing Coordinator. This will provide Sydney Water with the information of the works complete and enable them to update their records accordingly.
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Sydney Water Sewer Encasement Process
Sewer encasmement pipe preparation to pouring of concrete
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What is the cost of a Concrete Sewer Encasement?

Providing a cost per lineal metre rate can be inaccurate when trying to calculate the cost of your sewer encasement. This is due to the many different site-specific factors which vary greatly from project to project.

A site inspection performed by All Line Plumbing is the best way to determine the cost of your sewer encasement works. This will enable us to provide an obligation free quotation for the concrete sewer encasement works and you can have the peace of mind that the quotation is tailored to your site-specific requirements.

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Cost factors for Concrete Sewer Encasements

Some of the factors which will need to be considered when calculating the cost or your concrete sewer encasement are:

  • Length of the sewer encasement
    The longer the section of sewer main that is required to be concrete encased, the more material and labour will be involved with carrying out the works.
  • Depth of the sewer main
    The depth of the sewer main can drastically affect the cost of the works. For deeper excavations, the trench may need to wider or supported with trench shoring and this is a major factor to consider when calculating the cost of your works.
  • Access for excavation equipment to the area
    On many projects the concrete sewer encasement works may be required to be carried out at the back of a property, with existing structures in the way which prevent the works from being carried out with large excavation plant. All Line Plumbing have a wide range of specialised mini excavation equipment to fit in narrow access areas. In these instances, we also have the facilities of a concrete pump, which can be utilised where a concrete truck is not able to reach the work area.
  • The ground conditions
    The ground conditions are a very important factor to consider when planning your concrete sewer encasement. Sand is very easy and quick to dig, however may become unstable when trenching at depths, and may require trench shoring or widening of the trench for stability. Clay grounds may not be as easy to dig as sand but are usually much more stable and can be benched out when trenching at deep depths.
  • Surrounding structures which may limit room
    Sometimes there will be existing structures such as fences, trees, buildings and other structures on site, which limit work area where the concrete encasement will be needed. This may see the need for the excavated material to be removed from site temporarily while the works are undertaken or the works to be performed in stages to minimise the amount of material that is present in the work area.
Sydney Water Sewer Encasement Process
Sewer encasmement process: pouring of concrete

Experience peace of mind knowing that our team are Sydney Water accredited constructors and are dedicated to providing seamless and reliable solutions for all your concrete sewer encasement needs.

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Sydney Water Maintenance-free Sewer Encasement Specialists in Sydney

While there is a lot to consider when calculating the cost of your concrete sewer encasement, All Line Plumbing specialise in these works and are renowned for their expertise in maintenance-free concrete sewer encasements.

With years of experience under our belt, our dedicated team possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure your project is completed efficiently and to the highest standards. All Line Plumbing takes pride in delivering exceptional results, providing you with peace of mind throughout the process.

You can rely on our expertise and dedication to deliver a smooth and dependable solution for your concrete sewer encasement requirements.

Please feel free to contact us for your obligation free quotation for your upcoming concrete sewer encasement project.

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What is a Service Protection Report?

A service protection report (also commonly known as a pegout) identifies and precisely locates Sydney Water assets (such as sewer and water mains) which may be in close proximity to the proposed development. Only Sydney Water accredited personnel like All Line Plumbing, can prepare these reports for you.

Are you building a swimming pool, a deck, a granny flat, excavating property or developing over or near a sewer main in Sydney?

The sewer infrastructure in and around Sydney are an asset owned by Sydney Water and it is their responsibility to ensure that these sewer pipes are protected against any kind of damage.

More: Service Protection Reports (Pegouts)

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