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Clay Sewer Pipes

The application of clay pipes can be dated back to the times of the Egyptians, making it a product that has been installed in pipeline networks for over thousands of years. Unfortunately, despite their long history in the installation of pipeline systems and still appearing in modern-day contexts as well, clay, vitrified, or terracotta pipes can present major problems with sewer lateral lines, and they are a recurring issue that our team commonly encounters in Charlotte. There are many positive and negative qualities of these pipeline materials that our team at Next Level Pipe Lining takes into account during all of our jobs in the community.

The Positives & Negatives Of Clay, Terracotta, & Vitrified Clay Pipes


  1. Clay pipes are an environmentally friendly material. Typically, they are crafted from reclaimed clay and once they have reached their lifespan can be reintroduced back into the earth, making it a sustainable material that can be recycled and reincorporated as needed.
  2. Clay pipes are easy to work with and can last a long time if undisturbed.
  3. Clay pipes are resistant to acidity, unlike other pipeline materials, and they will not break down from corrosion or other issues.


  1. Clay is an extremely heavy material and it can increase job costs due to the time and energy it takes to transport the material to a job site.
  2. Clay joints are susceptible to tree roots, as they can easily penetrate the porous material and quickly grow inside of the pipe.
  3. Because clay pipes are not especially hard or durable, they are commonly known to break and crack easily from the shifting of the soil or from tree roots.

Due to their negative qualities, clay pipes need to be replaced often, and this is usually the solution we recommend when we encounter them. Fortunately, at Next Level Pipe Lining, we have tremendous success with rehabilitating the pipes by employing cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining. This allows us to line the pipe from the inside, creating a smooth, seamless liner that protects it from tree roots and other problems. Rather than removing the clay pipes and disposing of them, we instead encourage an eco-friendly solution that will keep the pipes underground. The liner will also improve the flow of water and ensure that the sewer system in your home continues to operate smoothly, and they receive added protection by being adhered to the inside of the clay pipes.

At Next Level Pipe Lining, we are the sewer repair specialists in and around Charlotte. If you suspect that your home has terracotta or clay pipes installed and you need assistance, give us a call today for a free sewer camera inspection, and we will be happy to help you.

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