The AAA AUGER team of plumbing contractors have been performing sewer service for over 50 years. From sewer cleaning to sewer pipe repair, we get the job done right the first time.

Many homeowners in Texas are surprised to learn every sewer repair isn’t the same. In fact, the material your sewer lines are made of could impact the type of sewer issues you face and the repair service needed. Today, our emergency plumbers in Texas are going to explain the four most common sewer pipe materials used in homes, and the repair issues associated with each.

sewer pipe materialSewer Line Made of Clay Tile Pipe

Vitrified clay pipe (VCP), or clay tile pipe, is made from a blend of clay and shale, set at a high temperature to turn the pipe into an inert ceramic. This type of pipe is regularly used in gravity sewer collection mains because it resists most sewage and has a long lifespan.

Unfortunately, VCP pipes are the most susceptible to root infiltration. Because clay pipes are joined with hubbed fittings, they do not provide a reliable seal against water. Tree roots are attracted to the water leaking through the joints, and the result is often sewer line damage.

To avoid having to replace your pipes, our licensed plumbers suggest a bi-annual sewer cleaning. This process rids the system of roots before they become a serious concern.

Sewer Line Made of Cast Iron Pipe

If you live in an old home in Texas, there’s a distinct possibility your sewer lines are cast iron. Cast iron sewer pipes provide a tight water seal (excellent protection against roots) and are able to withstand severe ground movement, like that of an earthquake.

If you’ve ever left a cast iron skillet soaking in the sink, you know the effect water has on cast iron. Rust and corrosion are two of the biggest problems facing homeowners with cast iron pipes. If corrosion becomes severe, portions of the pipe may collapse entirely.

Homeowners often save money in the long run by replacing their cast iron pipes at the first sign of trouble. If replacing your sewer line isn’t an option, perform regular leak checks and schedule frequent pipe maintenance.

Sewer Line Made of Bituminized Fiber Pipe

The Orangeburg pipe is a bituminized fiber pipe made from layers of wood pulp and pitch, pressed together. Orangeburg pipes were popular in the 1800’s, and used in some homes up to the 1970’s. These pipes were popular due to their lightweight design and ease of use.

The pipe’s lightweight material, though easy to install, is very brittle and has a tendency to fail more frequently than pipes made of other materials. Though uncommon, our emergency plumbers do face bituminized fiber pipe leaks on occasion.

If your home still has Orangeburg piping, the only option is replacing the system. Replacing your sewer pipes with a more sturdy material will allow your pipes to stay clean and effective for years.

Sewer Line Made of Plastic PVC Pipe

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes are the most common type of sewer line pipes today. Plastic pipework is lightweight, easy to use, and resilient. When installed properly, PVC pipe is long-lasting and impervious to root penetration.

The most common problems with PVC sewer pipes are due to poor workmanship or improper planning. Irving residents have faced more sewer problems in recent years due to a rising frequency of earthquakes shifting the piping along fault lines.

If you’re experiencing leaks, separated joints or other issues with your PVC pipes, sewer line repair is often a simple fix.

The AAA AUGER emergency plumbers are sewer repair experts

No matter what type of pipe material your sewer lines are made of, our expert plumbers can handle the job. To schedule a free consultation, call the sewer service professionals at AAA AUGER Plumbing Services today.



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