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What Health and Safety Guidelines should I follow?
Safety should be the first consideration when working on any building, especially at height. As with any drainage system our cast iron pipes and gutters must be fixed to sound material. It is essential that whatever surface holds the drainage system will also support the possible build up of snow and ice. We recommend you follow thguidelines provided for safety as outlined by the HSE for work on construction sites.

What Installation Standards should I adere to?
In the interests of performance and safety we recommend that all installation work adheres to BS 8000 1989 Workmanship on Building Sites Part 13 Code of Practice for above ground drainage and sanitary appliances.

What are the Guidelines for General Maintenance of Cast Iron Pipes and Gutters?
HF Premier and HF Premier Extra
cast iron rainwater and HF Premier Traditional cast iron soil systems require minimal maintenance, but should be inspected annually. Gutters should be cleared out, particularly if the building is situatednear trees where leaves and debris could cause a blockage. All soil and rainwater pipes and gutters should be inspected for paint deterioration.

What are the Guidelines for Painting Cast Iron Pipes and Gutters and what paint do I use?
HF Premier Rainwater
products are coated with a rust inhibiting, grey, zinc phosphate primer. HF Premier Extra products are supplied fully coated with a zinc phosphate based paint developed specifically for iron substrates and exhibiting excellent anti-corrosion and weather resistant properties. Available as standard in a black satin finish. (Note – other colours in the BSand RAL colour ranges are available – please check on availability and price.) HF Premier Soil products are delivered with a black, bituminous based paint. It is important when painting cast iron to ensure that all surfaces are completely covered.

How do I calculated the amount and size of Cast Iron Gutter and Pipe I will need?
When sizing any roof area for drainage purposes please refer to “Drainage of Roofs and Paved Areas” BS6367 1983 or the Institute of Plumbing Handbook. Alternatively contact us and we will be happy to calculate and advise you accordingly.

What do I use to Cut Cast Iron Pipes and Gutter?
There are three types of cutting tool:

    
1. Powered disc cutter (the quickest and most popular
    
2. Tungsten tipped hacksaw
    
3. Pipe wheel cutter

It is important to follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions when using these tools.

What are the benefits of Cast Iron?
Great strength and durabiility, long life, cost effective, low noise operation, fire resistance.

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