When to use HDPE culvert
- Rocky terrain – The structural integrity of HDPE tends not to be compromised as much as PVC (which tends to crack) when pierced.
- Minimal cover – HDPE can flex more before it is totally compromised, and the culvert fails.
When to use PVC culvert
- Gravity pressure situations – When the joins are glued PVC can handle installations with a reasonable head of water.
- Price is key factor – In the smaller sizes PVC tends to be more cost-effective.
Before summer hits, ensure your water troughs are in there best condition. Most troughs have a drain bung at the base. Isolate the trough valve either by tying it back or by placing a piece of timber or similar under the trough to stop the flow.
Drain the trough through the bung, then use a wire brush or similar to scrub the walls to remove any residue. Open the valve leaving the bung out to flush away the residue. Once done, replace the bung and refill the trough.
Take the time to go around and check that your trough valves are operating properly. If you feel the valve is not working properly, it may simply be that you need to replace a seal or O–ring.
Over time, biological matter can enters the tank and begin to decompose. Tank cleaning will reduce potential damage to your Water Pump, assists in the unobstructed flow of water to your Pump, increase the life of your Water Filters, and where there are no Filters, it reduces potential harm to your tap ware.
Look to get your tank professionally cleaned every 12-24 months depending on your water soure (rainwater or river/stream). Professional cleaners use a high performance semi-trash vacuum pump, and a commercial vacuum head with 50mm lines, to suck the sediment / waste from the bottom of the tank. They are able to adjust the vacuum to remove the waste, whilst losing the least amount of water.