The material of your pipe is just as important as where your pipes are placed, how they’re constructed, and what function they serve. Concrete pipes, cast iron pipes, PVC pipes, and other pipe materials come with their own unique challenges, difficulties, and faults. Concrete pipes are often used in sewer mains, and are very common throughout the plumbing industry because of the material’s durability and versatile nature.
Pros and Cons of Concrete Pipes
Utilizing concrete pipe material has multiple advantages. It doesn’t rust, corrode, or collapse the way cast iron pipes can. It also doesn’t become problematic like PVC can when the ground heats or freezes. Moreover, concrete pipes are less prone to scale buildup, resulting in fewer clogs over time.
That said, concrete pipe materials are vulnerable to the same wear and tear that other materials experience over time. Concrete is great for expansive projects and big loads, but because of its weight it is best suited to underground projects and will not work as well within walls or directly under foundations. Additionally, over time concrete will weaken as any material might and could be susceptible to cracking and breakage. Cracks in concrete sewer pipes can invite tree roots into the line, which causes backup and can be a costly repair if left unaddressed. For this reason, it is wise to contact a knowledgeable pipe service company if your concrete pipes are over 40 years old or if you’re experiencing slow drainage in your home or business.
Charlotte Concrete Pipe Repair & Maintenance
If you do find that there are issues with your concrete pipes, there are many ways Next Level Pipe Lining can get them back in working order - without disrupting your property or daily life. Relining concrete pipes with epoxy resin, for example, is a no-dig solution that addresses pipe weakness and cracks. Additionally, relining reinforces weaker sections of concrete pipe such as joints, making it a great preventative measure.
The epoxy resin also hardens quickly and helps prevent issues like cracking, chips, collapses, tree root invasions, clogs, blockages, and leaks in the future. It’s easily done and quick and efficient, as most work can be completed via existing access points.
Preventative Concrete Pipe Inspections
Pipes older than forty years are recommended for inspection. Inspections allow the professionals at Next Level Pipe Lining to find any potential problems in your pipe and address them before they are able to cause damage to your property. We use HD, waterproof cameras to conduct our inspections and feed these cameras down your pipes to get a thorough and complete view of the state of your pipe system. This footage is then reviewed by one of our knowledgeable pipe professionals, who will identify any existing or potential weaknesses.
If you are experiencing slow-moving drains, pooling, or unpleasant smells emanating from your pipes, call Next Level Pipe Lining today. We specialize in concrete pipe inspection, repair, and replacement throughout the Charlotte, North Carolina area and beyond.