Cast Iron Sewer Pipes
Sewer pipes in older houses were assembled with cast iron. These pipes are popular because they are designed to resist the movement of dirt and land. Cast iron pipes are highly resistant to tree roots because they provide secure connections of sewage and water. On the other hand, a disadvantage of cast iron pipes is corrosion.
Once this type of pipe reaches the end of its life cycle, rust will start to form in the interior of the pipe. If the corroded sewage pipes are not replaced, they will start to collapse beneath the ground. The only way to prevent a sewage leak and clogged drains on your property is to replace your cast iron pipes.
Clay Sewer Pipes
As the Vitrified Clay Pipes (VCP) or clay tile pipes on your property become older, cracks will start to form near the hubbed fittings. This type of ceramic clay pipe is produced with shale and clay. Vitrified clay pipes are commonly used in sewer mains because they are resistant to corrosion. These pipes should not be installed close to trees or bushes on your property because they ordinarily begin to leak as they become older.
Once a leak forms in clay tile pipes, the surrounding tree roots will start to infiltrate the sewer pipes and cause blockages. To prevent a clogged sewer line, it’s important to hire a licensed plumber to inspect vitrified clay pipes each year. Give our staff a call at (703) 543-9649 to discuss the damaged clay tile pipes and receive assistance with a plumbing service.
Bituminized Fiber Sewer Pipes
Bituminized fiber pipes were a standard piping material that was used by contractors in the 1800’s. This type of Orangeburg pipe was eliminated between 1950 to 1970 because it is fragile. Bituminized pipes are constructed with sheets of wood and pitch. Orangeburg pipes were popular in the past because they are light and easy to install.
Although this type of pipe is lightweight, it is susceptible to cracks and holes. To protect your property from the negative consequences of a sewage leak, it’s important to replace bituminized fiber pipes before a crack or hole forms. Give our team of emergency plumbers a call by phone at (703) 543-9649 to receive help with a broken sewer pipe. We offer trustworthy plumbing services to homeowners Alexandria, McLean, Centreville, Burke, Reston, and the surrounding areas of Virginia.
PVC Sewer Pipes
Most new houses are equipped with Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) sewer pipes. This is a type of plastic that is durable, lightweight, and easy to connect. PVC pipes are engineered to resist tree roots and water leaks beneath the ground. If you discover a sewage leak in your household, it’s likely that your PVC sewer pipes were not installed properly.
On the other hand, medium to large earthquakes can cause the PVC pipes on your property to become cracked or disconnected. Give our plumbers a call at (7o3) 543-9649 to become familiar with our sewer pipe repair and plumbing services.