The Impact of Old Clay Pipes on The Drainage Compared to New PVC Pipes

As part of your home plumbing system, the drain infrastructure is an important component. You want a proper system to dispose of sewage water to ensure safe and hygienic practices within your household. 

The number one way to ensure you have proper drainage is by investing in good quality pipes. There are several kinds of pipes used in home drainage systems but over the recent years, PVC pipes have emerged to join the ensemble of home drainage pipes.

Older pipes normally comprise of cast iron, galvanized steel, and copper ensemble. These types of drainage pipes tend to exhibit quite a strong build. However, the majority of households built with such piping are normally old – thus, at present, if you experience problems with your drainage pipes, the most common cause is corrosion.

Compared to PVC, metal pipes such as cast iron and steel also have a higher heat tolerance. However, the use of chemicals, especially acidic liquids in the sinks easily accelerate their corrosion rate. Older materials such as ABS, fully known as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, on the other end have been entirely banned from use with newer houses. This is because the black plastic piping has not proved to be durable and is normally prone to breakage and bursting.

Newer PVC pipes have so far settled in well. Picked as an ideal choice by many homeowners, PVC pipes have eliminated the worries of rusting on your pipes. Additionally, the light-colored plastic pipes are also known to be highly durable and weather resistant thus, allowing them to survive in versatile conditions. Some of the best and high-quality PVC pipes can handle both hot and cold water.

And listed below is an outline of why PVC is a more favorable piping option for your home drainage compare to the older options;

  • Extremely affordable
  • Chlorinated PVC withstands heat thus, making it an ideal indoor piping option
  • Chlorinated PVC is very easy to repair
  • Their lighter color makes them easy to identify, as well as easy to identify their diameter and temperature threshold

When you experience problems with your drainage system – simply play it safe and call a drainage repair specialist! Professional drainage specialists have garnered the right skills and hold the right tools to diagnose your system. Additionally, with the ever-so evolving industry, they are also well placed to advise you on investing in proper drain pipes. 

But how does an untrained individual identify problems with their home drainage system? There are several obvious signs that your drainage has a problem. However, there are four common signs that if identified, are a sign that you should immediately call your plumber.

If water on your sinks takes time to drain or if you hear a gurgling sound after you flush your toilets, this is the number one alert that your drainage system has a problem.  If you notice soggy grounds in your backyard on a dry day, chances are that your drainage pipes are leaking or burst. You can even retrace their position to make sure that it is, in fact, your drainage pipes.

Unpleasant sewage smells may also accompany the leaking liquids that make the grounds soggy- this is a confirmation that your drainage pipes are damaged. And the deal sealer is always the backing up of sewage into your sinks or even toilet. This alerts you to call the plumber as soon as possible, because it may result to clean water contamination and even compromise the hygiene of your household. You can also speak to your drainage specialist on preventative and mitigation practices to ensure your drainage system and piping doesn’t easily clog or become damaged

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