If you don’t know what kind of sewer pipe you have at your home, you’re likely one of the lucky homeowners who hasn’t experienced a sewer problem. Most people don’t even think about their sewer or sewer pipes until there is an obvious issue. While this is normal, we do recommend that you learn more about your sewer pipes before you really need to.
Types of residential sewer pipes
There are five common types of sewer pipes that exist:
- Cast iron
- PVC/AVS plastic
So why is it important to know which type of sewer pipe you have? Plan and simple, this can help you be more aware of common problems associated with the particular pipe system so you know what to look out for and how to troubleshoot.
Knowing the type of pipe in your sewer system also allows you to make a more informed decision when it comes time for repairs or replacements.
Common problems of sewer pipes
Depending on the type of pipes you have, there are several common problems to be aware of. For example, cast iron pipes are more likely to clog, collapse, or crack; while clay sewer pipes are prone to leaks and crumbling.
Many of these common sewer pipes are susceptible to tree root infiltration which can lead to costly and problematic backups in your sewer system, while older pipes are more likely to crumble or deteriorate.
When to replace sewer pipe
When it comes to sewer pipes, modern materials are much more durable and reliable than old ones. So if your home was built prior to 1970, a problem in your sewer system will likely require replacement piping.
If you suspect a blockage or leak in your sewer line, it’s important to have the area inspected and fixed right away to prevent sewage materials from contaminating your property or home.