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Corkum’s Pipe & Culvert Inc. Answers Your Questions

Residential, commercial, industrial and institutional customers in Annapolis Valley and Surroundings can rely on Corkum’s Pipe & Culvert Inc. for all their needs regarding septic or draining pipes and systems. Do you have questions about our services and products? Consult our FAQ and if your question is not answered here, just give us a call!

Do you deliver?

Yes, our delivery truck is on the road every day.

What shipping carriers do you use?

We do all the local deliveries ourselves from St Croix to Annapolis Royal and beyond. If you are outside our deliver area, we can get you a custom freight quote usually by MBW, FedEx or Armour.

What is your turnaround time for delivery?

We try to deliver your order fast and at the time convenient for you, whether it is on the same day, the next day or even the following week.

Are there any extra charges?

We try to combine deliveries to the same area, which will save you money. Rush deliveries or special orders will imply additional charges.

Do I need a permit to buy a tank?

No permit is required to purchase a tank.

What are a few things I should know about Septic tanks in Nova Scotia?

  • All residential septic tanks are required to have an effluent filter. 
  • The minimum capacity required for a septic tank is 2800 L for dwellings. Many factors are involved in determining the size required. 
  • The treatment as well as the disposal of on-site sewage is regulated by the province of Nova Scotia. A trained and certified person is required to perform these duties.
  • Riser access requirements

    A riser must meet all of the following requirements:

    (a) it must be water-tight;

    (b) it must be firmly attached to the tank with a permanent water-tight seal;

    (c) it must be secured to prevent unauthorized access and injury;

    (d) it must be visible to provide ease of location.


    The riser cover must be at or above finished grade and installed so that the area around the cover is graded to divert surface drainage.

  • For more information, please consult the province’s specification guidelines.

How do I know what size culvert to use for my driveway?

Contact your local Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR). A representative from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) will assess the proposed entrance for adequate sight distance and determine if a drainage culvert is required, and if so, the size required. The TIR has also published directions for the installation of driveways you should consult.

What is the standard size driveway culvert?

Yhere is no standard size culvert for a driveway but there is minimum size. Unless warranted by specific conditions as determined by TIR staff, pipe size for a new culvert installation shall be a minimum of 450mm ( 18" ), smooth inside wall diameter, double walled smooth interior, High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) pipe. The HDPE pipe shall be Highway Grade conforming to CSA-B182.8 having a minimum stiffness of 320 kpa.

What is PVC pipe?

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride; it is a material used for various types of pipe: gravity fed pipe, pressure pipe, sewer pipe, or water pipe. It's become a common replacement for metal piping. There are different types and sizes of PVC pipes. For example, a 4" PVC gravity fed sewer pipe is different from a 4" PVC SDR-26 pressure pipe. Although both seem to be of the same dimension, they are actually very different in sizes. The pipes won't fit one another and the connections will be too loose and therefore ineffective. To help you make the correct purchase, PVC pipes have their schedule and pounds per square inch (PSI) rating printed on the side.

Who can buy from you?

Anyone! Homeowners, contractors, agricultural community…

How do I place an order?

You just need to contact us the way you prefer: give us a call, email us, text us or simply stop by!

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