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How do I cover a manhole cover?

clark-drain-manhole-coverIt’s unfortunate but often essential that manhole covers must be installed in the middle of a lawn, garden, driveway, garage or pathway. Cast iron and galvanised steel manhole covers come in a range of looks and styles but these still stick out like a sore thumb in certain areas. Whilst it’s not the best idea to physically cover a manhole cover, you can install a recessed manhole cover with many options of infill to disguise and blend the manhole cover. This means it’s still accessible for maintenance too without affecting its surroundings!

How do you hide a manhole cover?

Hide an unsightly manhole cover by utilising a recessed manhole cover. Using a recessed manhole cover externally means there are a variety of ‘infill’ options (infills being the material the recessed tray is filled with) for homeowners or installers to choose from. This doesn’t necessarily hide a manhole cover but it certainly disguises one and blends it into the garden, pavement or driveway. There are no implications on access or maintenance so there’s no extra cost involved once the recessed manhole cover has been installed.

If you have a manhole cover that’s inside, for example in a garage or a porch, you can use a recessed manhole cover for this too. There are less infill options simply because there are some infills you wouldn’t want in the middle of a garage!

Don’t forget when choosing a recessed manhole cover it’s important to note the loading class needed. The fact that the cover is recessed makes no bearing on whether it needs to be a higher class than usual as this is all factored in by the manufacturer on assessment of the cover. Use our guide to manhole cover classification sizes to work out which is best for you.


What can I fill a recessed manhole cover with?

Recessed manhole covers come with a tray built in. This tray is what you fill with the materials or substrate based on the depth the recessed manhole cover says it can hold. For example, an 80mm deep tray will hold 60mm block paving as it must be bedded in 20mm of concrete for the paving to stay put.

In a recessed manhole cover that’s outside you can fill this with block paving, resin paving, concrete, screed or even artificial grass! It’s worth noting that filling it with real grass makes for a tedious maintenance procedure and you must get a permeable manhole cover to ensure the grass stays alive.

Internally you can fill a recessed manhole cover with block paving, concrete or screed (perfect for a garage or utility room) or tile paving for porches and more design-conscious areas.



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