Sewer pipelines that were installed in homes being constructed between 1945 and 1972, were made from a material called Orangeburg. Sewer pipes that are made with Orangeburg material are comprised of tar paper making them brittle and light.
In contrast to piping made from cast iron or clay, pipes made from Orangeburg absorb moisture and become distorted, often times in an ovular shape, under pressure. Layers of this material are also subject to bubbling up and closing the pipe off.
While Orangeburg has a long lifespan of 50 years, it begins deteriorating after about 30 years. So what do you do if your home’s sewage pipes are made of Orangeburg and are deteriorating?
What’s the Solution to an Orangeburg Sewer Pipe?
Due to the advanced pipeline repair methods, trenchless technology, you don’t have to worry about having to demolish your house to repair or reinforce your outdated Orangeburg pipes.
Cured-in-place pipe lining (CIPP) is the most effective trenchless technology solution for Orangeburg pipes; however, it will still depend on the pipes durability and condition.
This repair process is conducted through an existing opening in your sewer. Once the plumbing technician has access to that opening, he or she will insert an epoxy-coated liner into the pipe and the inside will be coated with resin. After the application of these materials, the pipe will harden to reinforce the pipe’s structure making it more resilient than before.
5 Benefits of Using CIPP to Fix an Orangeburg Sewer Pipe
- Reinforces your Orangeburg pipe to last for 50+ more years
- Restores cracks, root damages, and broken pipes to a new condition
- Time-saver since it’s completed in a few hours
- Cost-efficient for short and long-term savings
- Non-destructive because there is no digging or demolition required for repair
How Can You Tell?
If your house was built between 1945 and 1972 and your pipes are made of Orangeburg material, how can you tell if they are compromised and need mending?
The following are 3 ways to tell if your Orangeburg pipes need to be repaired, including:
- Indented front yard along the main sanitary sewer line.
- If your neighbor's home was built at the same time as yours and they recently had to replace their pipelines.
- Conduct a video pipe inspection and discover the condition of your Orangeburg piping.
If you have Orangeburg sewage pipes in your home, you may want to have a professional plumber perform a video inspection to identify your sewage pipes condition.