How Robust Are Your Sewer Pipes?

It may not be the first thing you think of when you wake in the morning, but if you have ever experienced a problem with your sewerage system, this is something you may wish to consider.  Sewer pipes are made from different materials dependent upon the decade in which they were installed.  Let’s take a look at the various materials used to make sewer pipes over the last 200 years, and see which pipes are most robust:

Cast Iron – this was the go to material of choice for pipe workers back in the 1800s.  With an average life span of at least 75 years, cast iron pipes were considered robust and heavy duty enough to deal with harsh waste products created during the industrial revolution. Inevitably, the iron started to corrode after a lengthy period of time, and whilst water jetting can be used to remove some of the scale and corrosion built up inside the pipe, there is a risk that jetting the pipe can create further damage, requiring the pipe to be replaced.

Clay – during Queen Victoria’s reign, it became more common to use clay pipes in the sewer lines.  Often seen as one of the most reliable materials used for sewer pipes, the strong and durable clay has managed to withstand modern practices of water jetting and has handled huge upgrades to the sewage system infrastructure with ease.  The only downside is that the clay is susceptible to tree root ingress, which is where our directional water cutting service becomes necessary.

Concrete – from the 1920s to the 1950s, concrete was commonly used due to the fact it could withstand both tensile and compressive stresses.  They were economical to produce, an important factor during a period of World Wars.  Manufacture of these pipes stopped as it was found the pipes would corrode at the crown as a result of bacteria in sewage causing a chemical reaction which corroded the inside of the pipes.

PVC – PVC pipes have been developed and improved over the last fifty years or so, with the material being adapted to withstand the pressures of sewer life.  Whilst plastic is lightweight, strong and robust, it has remains controversial as specialists have raised concerns the pipework is not able to withstand the force of high pressure water jetting.

The type of sewer pipes used for your property will usually depend on when your house was built.  The main clue to discovering a problem with your sewer is if you have a backup of water in either your toilet or your drain, in which case it is strongly advisable to seek help as soon as possible so as to reduce the risk of damage.

If you are experiencing problems with your drainage pipes, whether they are for a domestic or a commercial property, contact the AB Pipelines team today so that the issue can be rectified as soon as possible.  Call 01252 838 888 to find out more.