Homeowner’s Guide to Different Types of Sewer Pipes and Sewer Line Repair

Don’t be like most homeowners and wait till you’re experiencing a catastrophe to get a sewer line repair!

sewer line repair is crucial for homes built before the 1980s

Do you know the details associated with your home’s sewer piping? Do you know what type of sewer piping is on your property? The odds are that you’re like the majority of homeowners in that you tend to only think about your pipes when you’re experiencing a major issue and require professional sewer line repair.

It’s always important for homeowners to understand the type of sewer pipes their property possesses, and some reasons for this include helping you:

  • Better understand what could be occurring when your drain and sewer systems begin to malfunction
  • Know what’s going on within your sewer piping and when it’s appropriate to reach out to our team of experts for assistance

On this page we’re going to delve into the various types of sewer pipes that are commonly found in homes throughout Utah and the entire United States, and as always feel free to contact us online so we can help you diagnose and repair any issues you’re experiencing with your sewer system.

Orangeburg Sewer Pipes

Orangeburg pipes are also called bituminous fiber pipes, and they’re comprised of a wood pulp that’s closely sealed using a coal tar. These pipes aren’t typically used in modern construction, but they were used up until the 1970s.

These pipes were originally used for telecommunications and electrical applications, not necessarily sewage uses, and this is partly why they’re considered to be less durable than other sewer pipes. Some of the common issues associated with this type of piping include:

  • Tree root infiltration problems
  • Deterioration
  • Bellying
  • As well as many other problems!

Cast Iron Sewer Pipes

These pipes are much more durable than Orangeburg pipes, and they also were widely used several decades ago within home construction. Most cast iron sewer pipes are accompanied with a vertical drain system installation, and the general lifespan of these pipes is about 30 years.

Cast iron sewer pipes are known for their overall durability, but they still pose some issues like rusting, corrosion, and uneven interiors leading to waste buildup. All of these issues make these pipes more susceptible to the following major problems:

  • Cracking
  • Clogging
  • Collapsing
  • Holes

Clay Sewer Pipes

Clay pipes have also been used for many years, and they’re known for their durability of lasting 30 or more years for homeowners. Another positive aspect of clay pipes is that they’re generally eco-friendly and resistant to acids and certain harmful chemicals.

One of the main drawbacks to clay sewer pipes is that they’re considered to be porous and brittle, which makes them capable of the following issues:

  • Tree root problems
  • Leaking
  • Crumbling after long periods of time
  • Snapping or cracking when experiencing immense pressure

Concrete Sewer Pipes

Concrete is a commonly used piping material, and it has also been utilized for clay piping encasements. Concrete pipes are known for their durability in lasting about 30 years on average, but sometimes much longer! Concrete, as well as plastics, are considered to be the future when it comes to sewer pipes.

There’s no doubt about it that concrete has its unique issues when it comes to aging and damage, which can necessitate the need for sewer line repair and replacement jobs. But today, a lot of homeowners favor concrete pipes because they offer an affordable option that will also feature great longevity.

ABS and PVC Sewer Pipes

ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) are now the new generation of sewer piping that has been utilized within home construction since the 1970s, and it’s still the most widely used type of sewage piping today. Some of the pros associated with these pipes include:

  • Cost-effective: These pipes are always very affordable.
  • Rust-proof: ABS and PVC won’t corrode!
  • Smooth: These pipes are smooth both internally and externally, which helps a lot when it comes to common piping problems like root intrusion!
  • Versatile: These pipes can be used by themselves, or they can accompany clay or cast iron piping.

Although these pipes are susceptible to cracking under immense heat, they’re still by far one of the most popular options for homeowners in terms of sewer pipes.

Takeaways You Should Consider For Your Sewer Piping

The following are some takeaways we encourage you to consider when it comes to your sewer line pipes:

  • A lot of people live in older homes that were constructed before the 1970s, and many of these homes are still utilizing cast iron, Orangeburg or clay sewer pipes. If this is the case for your home, then the odds are that you’ve reached your piping’s respective life span and need to invest in a replacement before any serious breaks and damage occurs.
  • In the unfortunate scenario that your home does experience a failure of any kind and you require replacement, then ABS and PVC pipes are your best options.
  • The experts at Beehive Plumbing are here for you and your property through every step of the sewer line repair and replacement process, so you can count on us for any and all of your sewer line requirements!

Reach Out To The Beehive Plumbing Experts For More Information About Sewer Line Repair

When you work with Beehive Plumbing, you are guaranteed expert services, high-quality solutions from professionals who genuinely care about the sanctity of your property, as well as fair, upfront pricing.

The Beehive Plumbing team has continuously been an industry leader throughout Utah for over 20 years, and we strive every single day to continuously build upon our success via our unrelenting passion towards customer satisfaction.

Contact us online or call us at 801-661-8155 today to get in touch with one of our experts who’s ready to assist you with any of your sewer line diagnosis and repair needs!

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