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Is Your Sewer Pipe Made of Orangeburg?

Everything needs to be replaced eventually. This is especially true in the case of sewer pipes made of Orangeburg, which is made of layers of fibers from pitch and wood pulp, which is essentially an enhanced toilet paper tube. Since the pipes are made from a base of fiber, they can easily be shredded by their environment after many years of pressure and moisture.

Orangeburg piping was used for sewer lines between the 1860s and 1970s until it was replaced with PVC pipe. With only a 50 year life span, any pipes made of this fiber are likely to fail if your home was built before 1970. If you wait until your entire sewer line fails, then in can cost you even more than it would have before.

How Do I Know If I Have Orangeburg Pipe?
If Orangeburg pipe was installed in your area, by now your pipes are up there in age and may begin to fail. The easiest way to determine what material your sewer pipe is made of is to have a Video Inspection of your main sewer line by a licensed plumber. Another great idea is to keep in touch with your neighbors. If they have Orangeburg pipe, then chances are high that your home does as well.

Signs of a Deteriorating Sewer Line
The signs of a deteriorating sewer line include frequent clogged lines, tree root invasion due to deformation, and total pipe collapse.

If you suspect that your home or sewer line have been installed with Orangeburg pipe or some other outdated material, the first step is to contact a professional plumber. Many trenchless technologies can be used not only to look underground but to replace the pipes as well, so you can be at ease knowing that your property will not be harmed in the process.

If you would like more information or to schedule an appointment today, contact the experts at Green’s Plumbing in West Hills at 818/880-8847.

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