Pipes that have aged for a long time must be replaced as soon as possible. Repairing can be an option if the said pipes are a candidate for pipe relining, but if not, and then replacement is the far better option. The decision in choosing what type of pipe that will be used for replacement lies with the company or services doing the project, but it wouldn’t hurt if the homeowner will have a little bit of basic knowledge of the pipes. Being aware with the characteristics and lifespan of a sewer pipe can help homeowners learn the necessary maintenance that is needed to optimise the lifespan of their new pipes. Get to know more about the pipe materials that are commonly used for sewer pipes.
This pipe is processed by mixing together asbestos fibre and cement. The pipe material is mostly used for sewer types that process domestic or local sewage. Asbestos cement is easy and fast to install since it can be cut and fitted easily–and its weight is also light. Furthermore, this pipe is able to withstand corrosion and can’t suffer from rusts since it’s obviously isn’t made of metal. However, it has its share of disadvantages such as: less durable than most pipes out there, and it can break easily(especially if not handled well).
Cast iron is one of the toughest and reliable pipe materials in existence. It can also withstand heavy loads and even strong internal pressure in the pipeline. Because of these features, cast iron is mostly installed in sewer lines that are below railway lines, under highways, foundation walls and many more. It’s also recommended for areas that experience a lot of varying temperatures. Cast iron can usually last up to 75 years if it is kept in consistent and good condition, but most of the time cast iron pipes suffer from rusting and corrosion and won’t reach its estimated lifespan.
There are different variations of plastic pipes such as HDPE, PVC, ABS, and many more. It may have a wide assortment of types, but generally, it’s the same material with only varying qualities and applications. PVC is mostly used in sewer pipes since it’s not vulnerable to corrosion and chemicals, and can also be easily installed. Just like other types of pipes, it has own problems. Plastic isn’t as durable as metal pipes like cast iron and galvanised steel. Lastly, it’s not advisable to install plastic pipes in hot areas since it won’t be able to withstand the high temperature.
Vitrified clay is created by mixing various ceramic components and heating it in extremely high temperatures. The result is a durable and high corrosion resistant pipe material that can rival most pipes sold today. What makes clay pipes a truly special pipe material is that it can still be recycled after it has outlived its usefulness. The damage clay pipes can be used for other earthen constructions and projects.