So you’ve had a plumbing emergency: one of your pipes broke, started leaking, became disjointed, completely collapsed or just corroded past the point where it could be repaired. You need pipe replacement — repiping from the experts. Now, what does that mean? If you’ve read on our blog in the past, you know that we are huge proponents of trenchless repiping and sewer repair. Why? Because trenchless repiping methods allow you to replace pipes without expensive and destructive excavation. Through trenchless repiping, we can repair your pipes from the inside out, allowing us to avoid digging holes in your yard and potentially harming your landscape. For some more info about trenchless repiping, click here to watch our YouTube video on the subject! But what we mainly want to talk with you about today are the different types of pipe materials. What is your plumbing made of? It’s important to know this, since not all pipes are created equal. Some forms of piping are more susceptible to serious damage and wear and tear, resulting in shorter lifespans, weak warranties, and overall poor performance out of your drains. These materials are:
The main problem with terra cotta piping is that it has large-lipped joints that are supposed to fit together snuggly — but they can come disjointed easily, and tree roots easily intrude into the lines in search of moisture. They’re sturdy enough, but their seams are their weakness!
See how the pipe seems to be falling apart like paper? That’s because it is paper! Orangeburg plumbing was designed during WWII as a way to save resources during wartime. It’s essentially just compressed paper. Some home’s unfortunately still have this plumbing from the 70s and 80s, and they’re starting to see serious issues.
The main problem with cast iron piping is simple: it tends to corrode with age. The corrosion releases sediment through the plumbing system, which eventually builds up and causes clogs and even collapses.
So what material should you use? Here at the Twin Plumbers, we strongly recommend either copper or PEX piping. The newer of these is PEX — it’s an advanced, flexible, and durable plastic that is recently becoming popular. But copper is a classic choice for plumbers, tried and true…so which do you choose? The Twin Plumbers have the answers:
We hope this has been helpful! Remember to call the Twin Plumbers for any and all of your plumbing repair and repiping needs.
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