Possible Problems During a DIY Conservatory Installation

When it comes to building your own conservatory, many people find themselves coming up against the same small issues time and time again. Rather than letting problems like an inconvenient man hole or an annoyingly placed waste pipe slow you down, taking control of the installation might be easier than you thought.

Vents in the walls

When your house was originally built, it is unlikely that those who placed the vents considered your current desire to install a conservatory. Washing machines and extractor fans all need to access an exterior wall and will need to be re-routed if they’re taking up vital wall space. Adding piping for higher up vents, and hiding lower systems using the base of the conservatory can keep your ventilation up to the required standards.


The vents you might need for your boilers can often benefit from an alteration or an extension, moving them away from the main body of the conservatory. When doing so, a heating engineer from your gas company can often advise the best practice. Rather than this approach, you could either reroute the internal piping, kitchen cabinets can often hinder this, or you could even move the boiler entirely.

Single storey soil pipes

Reducing and removing the highest part of a soil pipe down to around a metre, or above the highest internal overflow point in the house, e.g. sinks/toilets is recommended. Preventing pressure can be done with the addition of an air admittance valve to the soil pipe’s end, consequentially removing the smells and water from the house’s u bends. This valve means not having to alter the roof of the conservatory roof to vent soil pipes, a nice simple method.

Soil pipes for more than one storey

Accommodating these types of pipes is a little easier. Inserting a panel of flat UPVC will be necessary, adding it into the conservatory roof and cutting a small hole to link the soil pipe through. You can also move the pipe itself, though this knowledge is a little more specialist and might require adherence to building regulations and be expensive.

Waste pipes

It is quite simple to work around any discharging water pipes using a steel frame. For those that open into a gully, the gully itself can be changed to a sealed type in order to prevent odours and keep everything as tidy as possible.

Chimneys and brick constructions

Anything made from bricks and mortar is usually easier to be built around rather than altered and the vast majority of conservatories can accommodate such features if necessary. Replacement conservatory roof

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