Prevention and repair of damaged rainwater downpipes.
How it started
Protect-a-Pipe (Pipe Shield) was born in 2008, whilst conducting plumbing maintenance and receiving recurring calls to repair PVC rainwater downpipes that were repeatedly damaged by line trimmers and mowers.
Over the years we have had many rainwater downpipe repair requests from property managers, building inspectors, termite inspectors and property owners. As a result, we came up with a simple but effective preventative solution that was affordable, easy to install with an invisible fit and with worry free lawn cutting.
These days, modern buildings use PVC pipes that pass through lawn areas and around buildings where the common use of line trimmers for grass cutting causes damage to many of these pipes. PVC also deteriorates in direct sunlight over time therefore becoming brittle and easily broken. Protect-a-Pipe Pipe Shields can prevent the damage from occurring in the first place.
Leaking broken pipes can:
Soften the ground around building foundations
Cause washouts / erosion around gardens and buildings
Cause loss of valuable rainwater collection for rainwater storage tanks
Cause unnecessary flooding
Example 1: BEFORE
Example 1: AFTER
Example 2: BEFORE
Example 2: AFTER
WHY INSTALL Protect-a-pipe
Prevents damage to PVC rainwater downpipes
Long lasting protection
Made from quality Colorbond metal
Worry free mowing
Helps to deter termites
INSTALLATION OF Protect-a-pipe
Excavate 100mm below ground level around the downpipes
Clean the downpipes and repair if broken
Apply 3 vertical lines of construction adhesive to the inside surface of the Pipe Shield
Fit the Pipe Shield around the downpipes, positioned 100mm above ground level and 50mm below ground level
Remove protective plastic coating from the Pipe Shield
Wrap the cable tie around the centre of the Pipe Shield & tighten
Fill soil around Pipe Shield to ground level
Leave for 24 hours then remove cable tie