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Tuscan Foundry Products offer a wide range of cast iron soil products for above and below ground and for both traditional and contemporary applications.
For centuries, cast iron pipe and fittings have been the backbone of drain, waste and vent plumbing systems throughout the world.
While plastics meet minimum construction standards in many cases, what meets the required code and what represents the best solution for high performance system are two very different questions. All too often, the perceived cost advantages of plastic over cast iron are not what they seem. Before allowing a job to be converted to plastic, it is worth considering a number of areas where switching can add cost and complexity.
With fire resistive construction or underground installations, the differences between plastic and cast iron are hidden from view however; there is no hiding the differences in sound attenuation in above ground installations.
Simply put, there is no piping system quieter than cast iron. No one wants to hear the gurgling and sloshing sounds of water from fixtures on floors above flowing down the walls, especially in high-rise apartments, commercial office buildings or high-end hotels.
Using cast iron for waste soil piping will result in a plumbing system that is up to 11 times quieter as compared to an all-plastic system.
Cast iron’s microstructure is the primary factor in its sound-dampening quality. The graphite flakes act to dampen out any vibration applied to the iron, reducing noise but the microstructure isn’t cast iron’s only advantage when it comes to noise.
The method of joining sections of soil pipe together also plays a key role. The neoprene rubber gaskets used in most cast iron soil installations keep each section of pipe from touching, thus eliminating any contact-related sound. Plastic systems are generally solvent cemented into rigid systems that can create noise as they expand and contract with heating and cooling.
Some “fixes” that plumbers attempt to solve plastics noise problems may not actually fix the problem, and they add expense. Wrapping plastic pipe in insulation to muffle the sound of water cascading through the pipe can create a solid barrier between the pipe and the wall that can end up being sound-enhancing rather than sound deadening. And, the time and materials involved in wrapping plastics in insulation add cost to the installation.
Our Premier LCC cast iron soil system provides a comprehensive offering of traditional socket and spigot pipes and fittings for soil and waste installations on the external façade of buildings with the added option to commission bespoke fabrications to special order. Supplied ready to fit with a black bitumen finish as standard, the cast iron system offers the ideal solution for conservation and heritage projects where a pipe system is required to blend sympathetically with the building.
The Traditional Express (TX) soil system is an industry leading push fit soil system designed for a lifetime performance. This contemporary cast iron system provides the aesthetic appearance of traditional cast iron soil systems and is suitable for Listed properties and conservation projects alike. The Traditional Express (TX) soil system provides substantial savings in labour for each joint and no specialist training is required.
Mech 416 soil is a mechanically jointed range of socketless pipes and fittings in 50mm to 150mm diameters and is suitable for above ground soil and waste installations. The Mech 416 system is especially suitable for the refurbishment of apartments, offices and multi-storey car parks. Mechanically jointed the system provides all the benefits of a conventional BS416 socket and spigot cast iron soil system but also offers significant labour saving due to the efficient jointing techniques.
Halifax soil is a comprehensive range of socketless pipes and fittings in 50mm to 200mm diameters and is suitable for internal soil, waste and rainwater installations. The certified system is particularly suitable to high rise projects. An extensive variety of couplings and brackets offer flexibility to satisfy most designs. Typical applications include public buildings, apartments, offices, hospitals, hotels and car parks.
Halifax Drain is a comprehensive range of socketless pipes and fittings in 100mm to 200mm diameters and is suitable for below ground drainage situations. The cast iron system provides greater resistance to ground movement than PVC or clay systems which should be an important consideration when building on made-up land. Halifax Drain provides a choice of ductile iron or stainless steel couplings to satisfy most designs and facilitate connection directly to our Halifax Soil above ground soil system.