Do you live in a home built before 1972? If so, it's probably time to replace your sewer pipes. After WWII until the 1970s, Orangeburg pipes made of wood pulp and asphalt served as a replacement for cast iron, which was in short supply following the war. Orangeburg was intended to have a useful life of 50 years but often begins to break down much sooner. Learn more about these outdated pipes and how to get them out of your Tacoma home below.
What Is an Orangeburg Pipe?
Orangeburg pipes are made of layers of wood pulp, which are pitch-pressed together and saturated with asphalt. The ingredients are similar to those used in tar paper. Although extremely lightweight and easy to handle, these brittle pipes are prone to moisture.
Clogged lines, tree root invasion, and collapsing pipes can lead to expensive plumbing repairs in homes with Orangeburg sewer pipes. After deterioration begins, the pipes begin to break down quickly. You may even find yourself in need of a plumber.
How Do You Know If You Have Orangeburg Pipes?
Many homes in the Tacoma area built between 1940 and 1972 have these pipes, which were the standard in the area. When the pipes begin to break down, you may notice an indentation along the path of your sewer pipe in your front yard. If you see this in your yard, reach out to us for a video inspection of your sewer line. We can determine what type of sewer line runs through your home and if it requires a repair or replacement.
What to Do If You Have Orangeburg Pipes
If you have Orangeburg pipes, they have been in the ground for 50 years or longer. Waiting to replace them can lead to burst pipes and other issues. Harts Services can provide plumbing services in South King, Pierce, and Thurston counties, but we recommend repiping your sewer line to avoid structural damage and unhealthy conditions in your home.
Replacing Orangeburg pipes can give your home reliable sewer plumbing that will last a lifetime. To avoid burst pipes, clogs, and root invasion that can tear apart the pipes in your older home, contact Harts Services today.