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Plumbing Pipe Materials Found in Modern Homes

Plumbing Pipe Materials Found in Modern Homes

When it comes to plumbing pipe problems, the professional plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing have got you covered. We offer a range of services such as pipe repair, replacement, hydro-jetting, and sewer line cleaning, among many more. Our team of experts can help you maintain clear and functioning drains throughout the year, alleviating the risk of clog-related damage.

There have been many materials used to make plumbing pipes over the years, and some can still be found in homes across the country. While it’s important to schedule regular maintenance checks with a reputable and reliable plumbing company, the plumbing material plays a vital role in the durability and quality of your system. Here are some plumbing pipe materials that are commonly used in most homes.

Cast Iron Pipes

Although cast iron can provide service for a long time with the right care, the material is highly susceptible to corrosion and rust, affecting water quality. Many homes built before the 60s’ used cast iron pipes, which were usually installed with drainage systems because of their durability. Another disadvantage of cast iron pipes is the uneven interior resulting in clogs and the buildup of other materials.

However, after World War II, there was a shortage of cast iron, forcing people to use materials for their plumbing. Regardless of your plumbing pipe material, Mr. Rooter Plumbing has a team of experienced plumbers who can help you maintain a plumbing system in tiptop condition.

Orangeburg Pipes

After World War II shortage of cast iron; Orangeburg piping was used as the plumbing pipe material for most homes. This material is also referred to as bituminous fibre piping and is made of wood pulp sealed with coal tar. Unlike cast iron, which is highly durable, Orange piping was initially meant for telecommunication and electricity, making them less durable.

Homes with this plumbing material are prone to bellying, tree root infiltration, and general damage. Mr. Rooter Plumbing provides quality pipe repair and insight into preferred replacement if there’s severe damage. 

Clay Options

Clay is an old material used before the Second World War, specifically the blend between shale and clay. This blend enhanced its durability and made it resistant to acidic breakdowns and corrosion. However, clay piping was weaker and porous, easily affected by roots and leaks. If you live in a property that dates back to this era, there’s a high chance your plumbing needs to be assessed and possibly upgraded. Regular maintenance goes a long way in ensuring such issues are addressed before they become more pronounced.

Modern Pipe Materials

If your home has outdated plumbing, we can help you choose modern and more efficient materials. The two commonly used plumbing pipe materials include concrete, PVC and ABC, considered suitable alternatives to cast iron and clay pipes. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we guarantee quality pipe repair and exceptional plumbing service to enhance the efficiency of your system. Contact us today and schedule an appointment with our expert plumbers for more information about piping materials.