Utility Pipe Sand Supplier

What is Utility Pipe Sand?

Pipe sand, which also goes by the name of utility sand and pipe bedding sand, is one of the types of sand we supply to clients throughout the greater NYC area. In general, this type of sand is composed of rounded / sub-angular particles that perform better than many of the bedding materials composed of crushed angular stone. And it compacts well, despite the fact that it is not processed or washed. And serves many important aspects for landscaping and construction projects.

Pipe and utility sand is commonly used by commercial and residential construction crews in order to backfill water pipes after they have been laid. It can also be used to backfill other utility pipes, such as gas, sewer, and electric pipes. Hence the name "utility sand." This sand is fine and usually grey in color but includes a mix of whites, tans, greys, browns, and beiges.

One of the main uses of pipe sand is using to go around gas mains buried in the street to alert future excavators that a gas main is nearby. But you can use it for many other types of jobs too, such as to fill beneath concrete driveways, trench fill and backfill behind retaining walls. Due to its fine nature, it is sized to not allow more than 8% fines to ensure proper drainage. These pipe bedding materials must be capable of supporting heavy loads without deflection or settling. However, they must also be free-draining in order to prevent the buildup of water near the pipe zone.

Pipe Bedding Material Characteristics

utility pipe sandOf course, there is some variation in the aggregate properties of something like utility pipe sand, but a few characteristics should be considered when choosing to work with this material. Those characteristics are:

  • size and grading
  • hardness and toughness
  • cleanliness

Let's take a closer look at these characteristics.

Size & Grading

The max size of an aggregate designate the smallest sieve size through which 100 percent of the material will pass through. The grading of an aggregate is determined by sieve analysis. Maximum size and grading are controlled by specifications that advise the distribution of particle sizes that will be used for the aggregate material. The overall distribution of the particle sizes will help to determine the stability and density of the mixture.

Toughness & Hardness

Aggregate materials are subjected to additional crushing and abrasive wear during manufacture, placing, and compaction. These materials need to have the ability to resist crushing, degradation, and disintegration. This resistance allows the pipe zone to eliminate deflection, so no harm comes to the pipe.


Some aggregate materials will contain foreign substances that will make them less desirable for concrete mixtures, such as clay lumps and shale. The sand equivalent test is a method that determines the relative proportion or detrimental fine dust or clay-like materials in the portion of aggregate passing the sieve. This material needs to be fine and cleanliness is a way for it to pass that mark.

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In general, pipe bedding products are often mixed on a case-by-case basis. However, when we mix the utility pipe sand we supply, we ensure it is up to standards upon delivery. We do our testing that makes sure this aggregate is fine enough to be used for your construction project.

Contact Atlas

For more information about our selection of utility pipe sand, please reach out to us today. The number for our office is 718-345-6451. When you call, we can provide you with more details regarding our sand delivery services and come up with a fair and accurate estimate for the utility pipe sand you need. Other types of construction materials we deliver include construction gravel, pea gravel, and topsoil.


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