Cast Iron Pipes
Cast iron pipes in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh Acres, and Bonita Springs are regarded by The Plumber’s Plumber as antiquated plumbing material for several good reasons. We frequently conduct emergency repair services due to cast iron pipes, which are usually old and rusted. If you are suspicious that your cast iron pipes are a threat to your sewer line, the following information should be of help.
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The Dangers of Cast Iron Pipes
The use of cast iron pipes in sewer line systems is largely obsolete in the twenty-first century. Plumbing technologies like PE (polyethylene) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes are the premier pipe material due to their reliability, life span, and ability to withstand movement in the earth. Compared to PE and PVC pipe materials, cast iron pipes have limited resistance to minor movements, pressure from tree roots (once the pipes have aged), and are hard to service. Trusting cast iron pipes to remain intact in the ground is a matter of luck, more than half the time they are not dependable. A majority of plumbing accidents happen as a result of homeowners neglecting to conduct inspections of cast iron pipes.
Inspecting Cast Iron Pipes
When our clients contact us for any job regarding cast iron pipes, we naturally conduct an inspection of the pipes with a high-definition camera. Any area of rust or corrosion is promptly inspected and noted by a technician part of The Plumber’s Plumber’s team. To minimize any future excavations and repairs we must perform on cast iron pipes, the sewer camera enters the sewer line through a very small hole. It then performs its duty without disrupting the leaks caused by corrosion or accidentally jarring a fragile pipe. If necessary, we might have to unearth the pipe or pipes and excavate them if the problem is severe enough. Often, cast iron pipes cannot be restored or mended like PE or PVC pipes that are easily fixed with cured-in-place pipes, created by an epoxy resin tube.
How Cast Iron Pipes are Repaired or Replaced
Repair options for cast iron pipes are very limited when they age past forty years. Not only are some cast iron pipes not sold or serviced any longer, but The Plumber’s Plumber cannot install them with a good conscience. We are very passionate about PE and PVC pipes because they safeguard the financial investments of costly sewer line repairs or replacements. When cast iron pipes are badly corroded and leak toxic sludge, we will lay out a course of action to replace them with PE or PVC pipes. These pipes last much longer than any previous pipe materials and are projected to remain in sewer line systems for a hundred years or longer. It is certainly a gamble not to consider switching to PE or PVC pipes if you are aware that your cast iron pipes are a liability to your sewer line system.
Schedule Services for Your Cast Iron Pipes Today
Residents of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh Acres, and Bonita Springs should never have to worry about the safety of their cast iron pipes. If they are still in good shape, The Plumber’s Plumber can use our sewer camera to conduct an inspection routinely every year. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about your cast iron pipes.