Having old pipes could put your Seattle property at risk of leaks, backups, clogs, or even collapsed pipes. The older the pipes are, the more at risk they become to failing. One thing you can do is to have regular pipe maintenance done on your pipes. This allows your pipes to last longer and means they are less susceptible to breaking or failing. Call our trusted plumber in Seattle, WA, and surrounding areas here at Bob Oates today and let us help you figure out how old your pipes really are.
How to Discover if You Have Old Pipes
The best way to discover if you have old pipes on your Seattle property is to have your pipes inspected with a remote-controlled camera. What we do is put this camera into your pipe, then drive it around. It sends us live footage back to our CCTV, and if we see any type of an issue, we can zoom in and get a better look. We will get information like how old your pipes are in general, what condition your pipes are in right now, and if you have any problems forming like a clog.
Old pipes, commonly meaning pipes that were put in prior to 1970, are at risk of several types of problems. The pipe material used before 1970 is referred to as Orangeburg. It was essentially tar paper that was layered together and formed into tubes. The problem is, over time, this material has broken down and become much more likely to leak, crack, or collapse.
The Dangers of Old Pipes
If your pipes are made of Orangeburg, the best thing to do is replace them with newer materials. This can be done by relining the pipe if the old pipe is still in good condition, or it can be done with pipe replacement. The current condition of your pipes is going to be a big factor when it comes to how to repair your old Seattle pipes. The better condition the pipes are in, the more options you will have. If your pipes have already started to break down, your options will be more limited.
If you leave old pipes to their own devices, they are going to break down. The layers of paper, tar, and wood pulp that made up Orangeburg pipes get old, and they eventually begin to disintegrate. If you regularly maintained your pipes over the years, this process will likely be delayed. However, it will happen at some point or another.
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Work with the Most Trusted Pipe Professionals in Seattle
When you need help with repairing your old pipes, call the experienced plumbing team here at Bob Oates. We will come out, see what the issue is, and discuss what options you have to repair your old pipes. Plus, we can help you with any other plumbing issue you may have on your Seattle property. Contact us now and tell us what you need or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We will then let you know what we can do to help!
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