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water pipeYou might have heard of Orangeburg pipe at some point in your life. It's not common anymore, so it's not mentioned often, but if you have, you might be wondering what it is and how it works. Usually when people hear about Orangeburg pipe, it's because they have some in their home that needs fixed. Well, we've got some answers for you!

What Is Orangeburg Pipe?

Orangeburg pipe is actually a clever invention. Orangeburg pipe is actually a brand name for something called bituminized pipe. We're all familiar with bituminized surfaces, actually—a common one we all know about is the asphalt road bed. Bituminized surfaces are surfaces infused with pitch to help keep them solid. Orangeburg pipe is no different. Instead of using gravel, though, the pipes use pitch and wood fibers together to make a solid form for water flow.

This is a fairly effective method of sewage removal, or it was at the time. It holds up well for a while and it was inexpensive to produce. But, as is common, a problem occurred. You're probably familiar with potholes and other problems with roads because the asphalt broke down. It's no different in Orangeburg pipe. The water flowing through it as well as the time spent in the ground helps to erode and destroy the pipe. That's why it's such a big problem.

How To Fix Orangeburg Pipe

There are two states that we often find Orangeburg pipe in when there's a service call: it's either leaking somewhere or collapsed. If we find it in relatively good condition with just a leak, it's fairly simple for us to just line the pipe using our trenchless technologies. That places a liner in the pipe that's not going to break down like the Orangeburg pipe will. That's the easy part.

To do this, we dig two holes and get into the pipe. This differs from standard replacement in that we don't have to dig the whole pipe out. That's a benefit to you because it makes the entire process easier on you and quicker, to boot. We pull a liner into place that's made of fiberglass and resin, which sets firmly and permanently. The liners themselves are rated to last 50 years.

Once we put the liner in place, the pipe will hold because the structural integrity of the pipe is in the liner, not in the actual Orangeburg pipe. It's a nifty solution!

If The Orangeburg Pipe Is Collapsed

However, if your Orangeburg Pipe is collapsed, lining won't do much to fix the problem. The pipe is still rigid enough to hold its shape and therefore the lining would make the structure strong but the flow would still be restricted. That's a solution, but not a good one. If the problem is because the pipe is collapsed, you'll have to replace the pipe. It's an unfortunate truth, as trenches destroy valuable property and landscaping.

If you happen to know that you have Orangeburg pipe, we'd suggest that you get a video inspection of your lines. Find out today if your pipe is at all collapsed and if you're a good candidate for pipe lining. It's the less destructive option and if you learn early about how to fix the problem without resorting to replacement, it's less of a headache you'll have to deal with later.

If You Need Anything, We're Here

We can do the replacements and the lining if you need help with your Orangeburg pipe. We even do the video inspections! Give us a call today and we can help keep your system up and running like it should be!

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Topics: Trenchless Technology