For decades, the majority of household plumbing pipes, drain pipes, and sewer lines were made from metal, usually cast iron. Although PVC is often the standard for modern plumbing, iron pipes are still found in many older homes in New Jersey. Although cast iron has a long life span, many old metal drain pipes have been around long enough that they’re showing signs of their age. Unlike plastics, metal is subject to corrosion, scale, and other problems that can cause old metal drain pipes to break or collapse at any time. In most cases, drain or sewer pipe replacement is the best option.
Common Problems with Old Metal Drain Pipes
Many people buy an older home without realizing that it’s a good idea to get a sewer inspection beforehand. When the old metal pipes finally give way and collapse, it can sometimes come as a shock. Cast iron pipes in drains, sewers, and plumbing can easily go unnoticed, but if they’re decades old, they could be a ticking time bomb. Because of their age, they can develop a wide range of problems that can be challenging for drain repair and sewer repair companies, including:
- Corrosion. Iron rusts over time, especially sewer and drain pipes that are constantly in contact with running water. Over time, the rust can eat through the bottom of the pipe completely, causing leaky drain pipes or even sewer backflow.
- Calcification. This problem is most prominent in areas with “hard water,” which has a higher mineral content than “soft water.” Over time, mineral deposits called “scale” accumulate on the insides of the pipes, and eventually, they can become so clogged that water can’t flow through them at all. At this point, you’ll need professional sewer pipe replacement. Sewer repair companies can remove the scale, but this weakens the pipe significantly, making it a only a temporary solution.
Drain & Sewer Pipe Replacement
If you have old metal drain pipes or sewer lines in your home, the best thing to do is probably to think about sewer pipe replacement. Most new pipes are made of sturdy, durable PVC plastic, which is resistant to rust and corrosion. Replacing the pipes will save a lot of money on drain repair and sewer repair costs, as well as giving you piece of mind that you won’t have to worry as much about leaks, clogs, and backflow.
If you have pipes made from metal, the first step is to get a plumber or sewer repair contractor to inspect them. They’ll let you know whether your pipes were installed recently, or whether they’re old and damaged. If your pipes are decades old and wearing away from rust and scale, the best option is to invest in plumbing or sewer pipe replacement. It’s something you’ll probably only need to do once, but it’s worthwhile.
Old metal drain pipes in home plumbing tend to spring leaks, which can stay hidden in the walls until they’ve already damaged your flooring and drywall. Cast iron sewer pipes are similarly precarious.
To find out more about professional plumbing pipe and sewer pipe replacement for old metal drain pipes, call us today at A1 Sewer & Drain, at 201-645-0888.
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