The History Of Orangeburg Pipes
Since the end of World War II, America experienced a time of prosperity with robust growth, unlike anything this nation had experienced before. As a result, this growth encouraged widespread expansion, and one of the unspoken products that made this possible was the introduction of a pipe comprised of a pipeline material called Orangeburg. Ironically, Orangeburg pipes were invented in Orangeburg, New York. This pipe is comprised of wood pulp sealed or held together with coal tar. The easy accessibility to these products made Orangeburg pipes fast and cheap to produce. Per the manufacturer, these pipes were believed to have a 50-year lifespan, although in most cases it exceeded this estimate by almost 20 years.
Nearly 70 years later, Orangeburg pipes are still found in the ground across many properties in the Charlotte area, and this is particularly true of homes that were built prior to 1985. Orangeburg pipes at the end of their life cycle need to be replaced, or the consequences can be disastrous. Tell-tell signs that these pipes are present on your property and need to be removed include constant sewer backup problems, gurgling drains, and overall, very slow flushing or draining of your mainline. Other symptoms can include foul smells and green patches of grass on your property.
How We Replace Or Repair Orangeburg Sewer Pipes
At Next Level Pipe Lining, we recommend replacements as quickly as possible, but we also recognize that if your budget does not allow for it, sewer camera inspections of the Orangeburg pipes every 6 months will suffice. This allows customers to stay on top of the situation and help mitigate potential sewer line collapses. At times, our inspections can reveal extensive damage within the pipes that would need to be rehabilitated through a no-dig process called trenchless sewer pipe lining, and our team has years of experiencing performing these techniques. Another term for the process, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining, allows us to fix faulty pipes without needing to dig on your property.
If we determine that the Orangeburg sewer line is too oval shaped, this may make rehabilitation with CIPP lining impossible. The replacement process involves installing new, more durable pipes such as PVC and cast iron pipes. Both of these pipeline materials are strong and resistant, keeping your sewer lines in high-quality condition for decades to come.