Vitrified clay pipes (VCP) were widely applied in houses back then. However, the problem with the material was that it was easily attacked by tree roots due to its porous facade. You can always protect your clay pipes by creating barriers around it to prevent root intrusions or you just plant the trees away from the pipeline. It also tends to crumble easily after decades.
Today, the creation of vitrified clay pipes has vastly improved. The process of creating VCP is really simple; the pipe is made from clay assortments that are dried and heated to temperatures that are nearly 1,473K. The pipes have a slick look because of the heating process. Below are some of the reasons why you should consider VCP as your sewer pipes.
Impervious to disintegration and corrosion
It’s actually not a surprise that VCP is resistant to disintegration and corrosion since it’s purely made of clay. Corrosion is a prevalent issue with pipes that are made of metal like cast iron and galvanised steel. Actually, these metallic pipes are absolutely sturdy and reliable. However, once these materials reach more than 50-60 years old, it will start to oxidise. Corroded pipes are the last thing you want with your sewer line since it will cause leakage, blockade, and among other serious issues and inconveniences. VCP doesn’t suffer from these complications thanks to its earthy composition.
It’s also impervious to chemicals
You wouldn’t have to worry too much about your VCP when it comes to chemical exposure since it’s very resistant against these agents. What most people don’t know is that VCP can withstand chemicals that have pH of 0-14. That’s impressive considering the high acidic content of certain chemicals.
Durable pipe material
The problem with most pipe materials is that they lose durability at a high rate as they age. There will even come a time when the pipes itself will become the source of the sewer problem. This shows the importance of having your pipes checked and repaired or replaced if necessary. If you want a pipe material that can last for a long time, let’s say 100 years, then you should consider installing vitrified clay pipe. Because of the extreme heating process and refined clay, VCP allows for a sturdier pipe material. VCP can also be cleansed with water jets occasionally without any trouble since it’s able to withstand the high water pressure from the machinery.
Perhaps what makes VCP a special pipe material is that it’s probably the most eco-friendly pipe out there. You see, most VCP pipes are actually made from a combination of used ceramic products. Furthermore, there is little to no chemical additives with VCP since it only needs steady heating process. If a clay pipe is not suitable for sewer lines anymore, it can still be recycled for housing or other ceramic projects unlike steel pipes that are left to rust in junkyards. Lastly, there are no chemical residue that is expelled from aging clay pipes.