To trench or not to trench, that is the question!

Older homes a great. They just don’t build them like they used to, right? The problem is sometimes there is a good reason we don’t that way any longer. A great example of that is Orangeburg pipe. It is also known as "fiber conduit", "bituminous fiber pipe" or "Bermico.” It is made from layers of wood pulp and pitch pressed together. It was used from the 1860s through the 1970s when it was replaced by PVC pipe for water delivery and ABS pipe for drain-waste-vent (DWV) applications. Lack of strength causes pipes made of Orangeburg to fail more frequently than pipes made with other materials. The useful life for an Orangeburg pipe is about 50 years under ideal conditions but has been known to fail in as little as 10 years. There is an alternative to digging up your lawn and spending thousands to replace Orangeburg pipe. If the pipe has not entirely collapsed you may be able to reline the pipe from the inside. This is sometimes referred to as “trenchless” sewer repair. If a property has Orangeburgh pipes it is not the end of the world or the deal for that matter. Keep in mind that the sooner you address it, the less it will cost.

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