If you had an inspection recently that revealed you had leaks, it may be because of what your pipes are made of. Different pipes are made from different things, which can mean that they are more prone to leaks.
The Different Kinds of Pipes:
- Glass fibers, sand, and polyester (GRP)
- High density polyethylene (HDPE)
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
- Graded sand and gravel, polyester (Polymer concrete)
- Sand, aggregates, and cement (Reinforced concrete)
- Concrete, sand, aggregates and cement with a cast plastic liner (Reinforced concrete with a plastic liner)
- Steel, when used as a carrier pipe
- High temperature fired structural ceramic (Vitrified clay)
Because there are many types of pipes available to use, pick from, and take advantage of, it can be challenging to decide what you want to replace your pipes with, if you decide to go with a replacement. As such, it’s important to weigh all your options. In a study of all the above-listed types of pipes (of a span of 50 years) only four had 100% less corrosion and only one of those four did excellently in varied conditions of corrosion.
The other did poorly or very poorly. The vitrified clay is the 100% less corrosion, excellent, pH 0-pH 14, and did well with a long demonstrated pipe-life. It is a rigid material so it’s not necessarily good for elbow joints and ay need reinforcement if its used in damp or hot areas, as that may affect the longevity of the pipe.
Best Alternative to Clay
If you decide you don’t want clay pipes, another good pipe option is PVC pipes. They demonstrated only a 65 to 80% loss of strength over 50 years, and did very well. However, they were subject to deterioration with exposure to chemicals or hot weather, which may make them incompatible for some areas. They did well with the pH testing, though they were subject to deterioration in contaminated soils, like those including benzenes or high temperature soils.
It’s a flexible material, so it’s good at elbows and other points of flexibility in the pipe. Though the overall rating was poor due to the fact that the longevity of the pipe was weakened 65 to 80% over 50 years, this was due to the corrosion being accelerated by stress and molecule linking failure.
Don’t hesitate to call Lonestar Trenchless at (817) 527-5783 to discuss the best pipe material option for you!
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