RCP stands for reinforced concrete pipe. Although somewhat repetitive, the term RCP pipe is also used. It is a staple for various types of infrastructure construction in such southern states as Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Popular for the construction of sewer and stormwater, installation of RCPs can be a challenge for those working in the field.
Before installation occurs, the pipe has to be moved. This requires the use of heavy equipment. During the management of this pre-installation measure, it is essential to prevent any action that could cause damage to the major components of the pipe. These are the flared or wide end (the Bell) and the narrow end (Spiggot). To this end, do not drag the pipes. Use appropriate equipment such as a sling.
Other factors to consider, include basic trench preparation:
- Make sure it is dug in advance, checking to see that the bedding material is level and lacks any debris
- Make certain it can accommodate the pipe
- Ascertain the trench meets the required slope
During this and subsequent procedures, always consider the effect on worker safety. They must be able to install the RCP pipe without any risk to their well-being.
When installing the pipe, never use excessive force. Do not rest any weight on the bell-end. Do not misalign. Make sure the joining surfaces are clean from all dirt. Employ any lubricant recommended to ensure the surfaces join smoothly and with greater ease. In addition, clean and lubricate the spigot end. This safeguards adequate sealing of the gasket.
The last component of the installation is backfilling. Avoid bulldozing the material into position. Never place roots or large boulders directly on the pipes. Nor should any heavy equipment drive over or be placed on the site until proper backfilling is complete. In Georgia, professionals do their best to follow the best practices for installing RCP Pipe.
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