Orangeburg Pipe Replacement in North and Central New Jersey
If your home was built between 1945 and 1972 you may have Orangeburg pipe running from your house to the sewer line. This sewer pipe type became popular during materials shortages created by WWII. Consisting of wood fibers and pulp layered with coal tar, the pipe was lightweight and easier to cut than metal or clay.
Orangeburg pipe was heavily used during the post-war boom of residential construction across the country, including the New Jersey counties of Edison, Middlesex, and Somerset. The experts at Arrow Sewer & Drain can help homeowners with sewer repairs, including the replacement of Orangeburg pipe.
What Is Orangeburg Pipe?
Also called fiber conduit pipe, it was named for the main manufacturer, located in Orangeburg, NY. Similar material was used in the United States to sheath electrical, telegraphic, and telephone lines when infrastructure building began in the early 1900s. Wood fibers were bound with a water-resistant adhesive. The structure of the pipe consisted of fiber layers coated with liquefied coal tar to form stronger walls.
In the 1940s, a version of the pipe began to be sold as Orangeburg sewer pipe and was offered in a variety of sizes and depths.
Why Are Orangeburg Pipes Dangerous?
When Orangeburg pipe was used to connect homes with sewer systems, it was estimated that it would last about 50 years. Post-war constructions are already much older than that, and even homes built in the 1970s with Orangeburg pipe are past the 50-year mark. The fiber conduit is known to deform under pressure from the soil above, and tree roots may more easily penetrate the pipe as it ages and deteriorates.
Can You Fix Orangeburg Pipes?
Arrow Sewer & Drain can look at your home’s sewer pipes using a camera. Our sewer scope can help us determine the problem without the need for excavation. If your Orangeburg pipe is still in good condition, it may be possible for Arrow Sewer & Drain to use drain cleaning or clearing methods to free any blockages. If the problem is confined to one area of the sewer pipe, there are drain repair options that may work, depending on the situation. However, if you are experiencing problems with Orangeburg pipe, it’s probably a better idea to replace all of it because problems most likely will continue to arise.
Arrow Sewer & Drain uses modern methods for sewer pipe repair and replacement that reduce the mess and disruption of the process.
Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining
CIPP, or cured-in-place-pipe lining, is done with robotic equipment that pulls a textile liner tube through the existing pipe. The liner tube has been specially prepared with a liquid resin. This method requires minimal digging. After the liner is in place, we use a curing agent to harden the resin within the liner. If Orangeburg pipe has retained its shape and condition, this method has good results.
If the Orangeburg pipe is not holding its shape and your sewer backs up, another method that uses robotics is pipe bursting. The robotic equipment bursts and breaks apart the old sewer pipe and pulls the new pipe into the same position. This process minimizes digging and excavation.
Why Choose Arrow Sewer & Drain?
The experienced drain and sewer specialists at Arrow Sewer & Drain can help home and business owners resolve pipe issues. Our use of trenchless pipe repair methods is cost-effective and convenient. With robotic technology, we can stop leaks, fill cracks, and fix small dents, holes, offsets, and abrasions.
The process also preserves landscaping, including trees, patios, and other features in your yard or commercial space. Depending on the size of the project, repair or replacement of damaged pipes can take place in one day. Our materials offer a 50-year lifespan, which is similar to the standards for new PVC pipe products.
Emergency Services Available
With 15 years of experience, the professionals at Arrow Sewer & Drain understand that emergencies happen at all hours of the day and night, including holidays. We are proud to offer emergency plumbing services for both residential and commercial customers in New Jersey. Whether your drain is clogged, or the toilet is backing up, our professionals arrive at your house ready to fix the problem.
Pipe problems at businesses can disrupt workflow, discourage customers, and derail important schedules. Call Arrow Sewer & Drain for fast, professional problem-solving. We have state-of-the-art equipment and the know-how to solve plumbing problems and get your business back up and running.
Schedule Sewer Pipe Repairs and Replacements
Find out whether your home or business uses Orangeburg pipe so you can anticipate problems and plan for its repair and replacement. Arrow Sewer & Drain handles plumbing problems and emergencies throughout north and central New Jersey. Contact us today.