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As an essential part of every drainage system, waste pipes, soil pipes and soil stacks need to be regularly maintained to ensure they remain in good working order.

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The Soil Pipe Repair, Soil Stack Cleaning & Maintenance Experts

If you’re responsible for maintaining a commercial building, a social housing property, a hotel or a retail space, ensuring the waste pipe, soil pipe or soil stack remain clean and well maintained is key to avoiding costly and inconvenient blockages. Soil stacks form a vital part of any interlocking waste management pipes and are an essential part of any drainage system. When you need assistance, Metro Rod is on-hand 24/7, 365 days of the year, across the UK to offer a range of pipe or soil stack cleaning services.

What Are Soil Stacks and How Does the Soil Stack Pipe Work?

Every toilet, sink and bath in a building is connected via a series of interconnected pipes. Together, they all connect to a series of horizontal pipes known as waste pipes or soil pipes. The horizontal pipe transports used water and waste away from a property by joining with a vertical pipe on the outside of the building, this vertical pipe is known as a soil stack.

The soil stack pipe is the long vertical pipe that spans the full length of a building. Designed as an intelligent system, soil stacks are equipped with a vent. The vent, positioned at the top of the soil stack pipe, allows air to enter the pipe to help the water move whilst also letting gases exit the property to avoid lingering smells.

On the bottom end of the soil stack, another soil pipe goes underground to connect to the main sewage system.

How Do Waste and Soil Stack Pipes Get Blocked?

Unfortunately, there are several ways that waste and soil pipes can get blocked, and that is when you may need soil stack repair. Horizontal waste pipes often get clogged with non-flushable items (wet wipes, nappies, sanitary products etc.), as well as fat, oil and grease from kitchens. The vertical soil stack pipe can also become affected by these blockages and the build-up of uratic salt, which narrows the soil stack pipe and blocks waste from flowing freely through the pipe. The common signs of a problem with your soil stack pipe and a blockage in the soil system include:

  • Toilets not emptying at their normal speed or remain blocked for some time
  • Sinks, showers or baths that don’t drain water efficiently
  • A smell emanating from the drains

Blockages are typically worse at the bottom of a soil stack pipe as this is where the waste can collect and form a blockage. If you have a blockage at the bottom of your soil stack, there are a couple of additional signs to look out for; these include:

  • Water bursting from the joints of the soil stack pipe
  • Overflowing dirty water at the bottom of the pipe

If you notice any of the above problems, it is important to contact your local Metro Rod engineer to inspect your soil pipe, soil stack and drains to make sure the issue gets solved as quickly and efficiently as possible.

How to Prevent Soil Stack Blockages

Blocked waste pipes or soil stacks can bring businesses to a halt and put whole properties at risk. If you have a blocked stack or a clogged soil stack pipe then it is worth considering that simple blockage can escalate to more significant problems later down the line. However, a routine maintenance plan for soil system and soil stack cleaning can help avoid emergency callouts and costly reactive services by identifying any issues early on and keeping the build-up of uratic salt and other debris at bay in your soil stack.

At Metro Rod, we offer free site assessments and no-obligation quotes to provide you with routine maintenance recommendations from the outset.

Our qualified engineers can advise on the best services for your property, including:

How Does Soil Pipe and Soil Stack Repair Work?

If your soil stack and waste pipes have been damaged, Metro Rod is available to assess and repair the issue quickly. Using no-dig drain repairs, also known as pipe lining, we can often repair the problem without the need for excavation and a complete replacement. No-dig drain repair is an easier way to fix damaged pipes and drains without the stress and mess of excavation.

No-dig drain repair is a permanent structural repair where a new layer is added inside your drains to reinforce them. Drain relining protects against existing and future drain damage prolonging your drainage’s life.

Why Choose Metro Rod for Soil Pipe Stack Services?

At Metro Rod, we are experts at delivering professional, reliable and quality drainage services at a time that suits you. Metro Rod will save your business money, save your staff time and save everyone the stress of blocked soil pipes and soil stacks.

We’re always happy to arrange free site assessments and no obligation quotations Find your local Metro Rod soil pipe and soil stack cleaning specialist to arrange a quote.

Alternatively, you can call our emergency helpline on 0800 66 88 00 for your emergency drainage needs.


How do You Know There is a Problem With Your Soil Stack?

Several core signs show there could be a problem with your soil stack. If your sinks or toilets are draining slowly, then that could be a sign of a blockage in your soil and waste pipes. If, on the other hand, there is water bursting from seams or leaking water from the soil stack itself, then there could be a more significant problem.

If you suspect that there could be a problem with the soil stack, contact one of our local specialists to discuss your needs today on 0800 66 88 00 or find your local Metro Rod here.

How do You Know if You Need Soil Pipe Repair?

If there are more severe problems residing in your soil pipes or soil stack, then you may need to look at soil pipe repair as an option. Soil pipe repair is required when a pipe has cracked, split, or is leaking. Although it is rare for a soil pipe or stack to collapse, it can occasionally happen. If it does, it will leak substantial amounts of waste, and a strong smell will be coming from the pipe. An expert drainage engineer can identify the cause of the problem and repair your soil stack.

If you believe you may need a soil pipe inspection or repair contact your local Metro Rod depot or give us a call on 0800 66 88 00.

What Does Soil Pipe and Soil Stack Maintenance Entail?

Soil stack maintenance includes several core services designed to maintain your soil stack and pipes. The specific activities recommended for your property depend on your building and the frequency of use; however, they can include CCTV drain surveys and high-pressure drain jetting as needed.

How Much Does Soil Pipe and Soil Stack Maintenance Cost?

At Metro Rod, we specialise in efficient and cost-effective services. The precise cost of soil pipe and stack maintenance can vary, depending on what you need and how often. We are always transparent about our prices and provide customers with the best, cost-effective solution for their needs. Before any work is carried out, a full no-obligation quote will be provided. Contact your local Metro Rod today to discuss your soil pipe and stack maintenance needs.

What is a Soil Stack For?

A soil stack or sometimes called a soil vent pipe is the main vertical waste pipe on the outside of a house or other building. The soil stack transports all of the waste, sewage and greywater from the house or building to another underground soil pipe which joins the main subterranean (below ground) sewerage system for the area.

Essentially the soil stack removes all the waste from your toilets, sinks, baths and shower from your house or building into the main sewer whilst also using its vent to both draw in air to speed up the removal and release any smells out too.

What is a Soil Pipe?

A soil pipe is a horizontal, typically PVC-U pipe, that takes sewage and wastewater consistently from every toilet, sink, bath and bidet in a house or other building to the main vertical soil stack. This soil stack pipe is a long vertical pipe sitting along the full length of a building that transports waste underground to connect to the main sewage system.

What is the Difference Between a Soil Stack and a Waste Stack?

Soil stack and waste stack are sometimes terms which are used interchangeably to describe the main pipe on the outside of a building which transports waste to the subterranean (below ground) sewage system. However, they are different parts of a drainage system.

A soil stack is the main vertical pipe described above, which transports waste and wastewater from the soil pipes to the sewage system. On the other hand waste stack is any other type of vertical piping in a house or building which carries wastewater except for sewage from a toilet or other sanitary fitting.

What Size Is a Soil Stack?

Soil stacks are typically wider than other waste pipes and this is due to them needing to carry some solid material along with non-solid material. Soil stacks are usually 110mm in diameter which is significantly bigger than waste pipes, as they tend to be between 21.5mm and 40mm in diameter.

Where Does a Soil Stack Go?

A soil stack is the main vertical pipe on the outside of a house or building and is used to transport the waste from all the other waste pipes in the house or building. The soil stack then transports this waste all the way down to another below ground soil pipe, which then joins onto the subterranean (below ground) sewage system that serves the area.

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