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3 Benefits of Precast Concrete Products Over Plastic or Fibreglass

When it comes to creating and installing vital systems such as septic tanks, pump chambers, cisterns, and other structures, you may be considering a plastic or fibreglass solution, but there's a better way.

Precast concrete construction is the solution to Canada's woes, and is increasingly becoming common in all types of construction - even for residential projects. It's fast, cost-effective, and allows for off-site and onsite work simultaneously.

But it doesn't end there.

Precast concrete products have some distinct advantages over fibreglass and plastic alternatives.

What are these benefits? Keep reading to find out.

1. Environmentally Safe

Precast concrete products play a pivotal role in environmental protection and regulatory compliance. They are environmentally friendly, thanks to their resistance to chemical reactions and the containment of potentially hazardous materials. For example, concrete septic tanks and oil separators help prevent groundwater and soil contamination, aligning with stringent environmental regulations. Concrete cisterns, used in rainwater harvesting, contribute to sustainable water management practices and meet regulatory requirements for water conservation. Likewise, precast concrete pump chambers are purposefully designed to adhere to strict regulatory standards for wastewater collection and treatment, ensuring compliance with environmental norms and safety measures. By choosing precast concrete products, homeowners and industries can help safeguard the environment while meeting regulatory requirements. This is a far cry from plastic. Every year, over 3 million tons of plastic waste is thrown away by Canadians, and only a small percent of it is ever recycled.

2. Durability and Longevity

Precast concrete products, such as septic tanks and cisterns, are celebrated for their remarkable durability and longevity. Engineered to withstand the corrosive environment of wastewater treatment and the weight of soil and traffic loads, these products offer an extended service life spanning many decades. In the context of rainwater harvesting, concrete cisterns ensure collected water remains uncontaminated and safe for various uses, maintaining their structural soundness over time. Concrete oil separators are also known for their resistance to chemical exposure and the pressures of industrial environments, preserving their structural integrity for the long term. Similarly, concrete pump chambers endure the rigors of wastewater pumping and transportation without degradation, ensuring continuous and reliable operation.

3. Strength and Structural Integrity

Strength and structural integrity are inherent features of precast concrete products. Septic tanks, cisterns, oil separators, and pump chambers are designed to handle the mechanical forces associated with their respective functions. Whether it's withstanding the weight of soil and traffic loads for septic tanks or supporting the weight of collected water in cisterns, the structural strength of precast concrete ensures these products do not collapse or deform under the demands of their applications. These robust constructions are especially crucial in ensuring the reliable performance of critical infrastructure elements like oil separators and pump chambers, which must endure industrial pressures without compromising their structural integrity.

Contact Us for Precast Concrete Products

Precast concrete products make for durable, environmentally friendly structures with lots of design options.

At Galcon Precast, we're passionate about precast concrete. We've been in the business since 1972. We have so many concrete products available, such as septic tanks, cisterns, oil separators, manhole covers, and more.

We can even do custom and decorative work too.

Stop by our 6100 Scott Road location in Duncan, or contact us with any questions about our concrete products.


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