If you are considering major sewer line repairs, it’s important to know some of your options when it comes to different types of piping. There are four common materials used in sewer lines. Each has advantages and disadvantages, including varying degrees of durability and life expectancy. In this post, we’ll take a look at each of these piping options, and discuss the telltale signs that it’s time for a replacement.


Clay tile pipes, also called vitrified clay pipes or VCP, are more common in older homes. VCP is still sometimes used in construction, but only for sewer collection mains. The clay-based material is very durable, and won’t deteriorate over time. However, they are very susceptible to intrusion from things like tree roots, which are a common cause of cracked sewage pipes.


Cast iron pipes are generally thought to be one of, if not the strongest, materials to use in piping. They also have very tight seals to reduce the risk of damaging leaks. However, cast iron is very expensive and easily rusts. These two negatives are why it is rarely used in modern construction.


If your home was built prior to the 1980s, it’s possible that your sewer lines are made from what’s called Orangeburg pipes. These are no longer used because the wood fiber blend used to make the pipes proved to lack durability over time. It was common 50 years ago because its light weight made it very flexible for easy construction.


Plastic PVC pipes are most common in modern construction. That’s because they offer durability while also being easy to install. They are usually reliable at preventing leaks if they are installed properly. Poorly installed PVC can make for loose joints, which can lead to leaks. 


When sewage lines inevitably break down, it’s important to have a professional team who can get the job done right the first time. Trenchless Replacement Specialists have a variety of state-of-the-art methods to repair and replace any of your sewage lines. Our trenchless system even allows us to replace your lines without digging. To learn more about how we can help you, make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 580-7693.