Roof drainage systems
Conventional roof drainage
- Stack for each outlet equal to the height of the building
- Collector pipes with slope
- 33% stack filling ratio
- Maximum 70% collectors filling ratio
Siphonic roof drainage
- Roof outlet with anti-vortex plate
- No slope for collectors
- Single downpipe for each circuit and on the perimeter of the building
- Full bore flow
Outlets & Flow
In conventional systems pipelines work with water and air inside as the inlet flow has a vortex that carries air inside, this means that the pipes cannot fill fully as the air takes up room in the pipe. Pipes are sized for filling ratios of 20% or 33% (depending on national or local standards and regulations) allowing considerable amounts of air into the pipes of 80% or 67% of the pipe section.
The pipelines in a siphonic drainage system work in a full bore stage as the outlets have an anti-vortex plate that avoid air inside. The absence of air in the system allows it to run 100% full of water making use of the entire pipe section and vastly increasing flows that are 10 times faster when compared to conventional drainage systems.