The United States began manufacturing cast iron pipes in the early 1800’s in order to facilitate the water distribution and then eventually waste water disposal. About 90 years later, in the 1890’s, cast iron soil piping systems became a thriving industry. Any type of construction in homes and commercial buildings utilized cast iron soil to create and build their sewage pipe system.
At the time, cast iron was the most reliable, durable, and trustworthy material. As such, using cast iron for pipe construction was the undisputed method, particularly because cast iron had proved to be the sturdiest material for the length of time that the material needed to last.
Years later, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the piping industry was transformed. Plastic PVC sewer pipes took the market by storm and quickly became the material of choice for the leaders throughout the piping and sewage system. The benefits of PVC pipe were clear:
- cheaper to product
- easy to install
As a result, homes, condominiums, and commercial buildings all used PVC to construct their sewage pipe systems. Today, the homes that were originally built with cast iron piping are facing a serious problem. These homes, condominiums, and commercial buildings must act quickly to rehabilitate/line the cast iron material before it is too late.
As the cast iron begins to age, with its lifespan over, the horizontal pipes actually disappear from the water flow along the ferrous cast iron pipe. Then, the pipe channeling exposes the soil below the pipe, soil erosion occurs, and the drainage system is unable to function properly.