Why it’s Better to Replace Cast Iron Sewer Pipes Rather than Repair Them

The remaining homes with cast iron pipes were built in 1985 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These pipes are meant to last about 50 years give or take. Several homes after 1985 were being built with PVC sewer pipes which means the houses with cast iron pipes were built before 1980. With that being said, any system made of cast iron will most likely need to be replaced within the next 5-20 years and if the pipes need to be repaired before then, they will replace that section with a PVC pipe. In-House Plumbing Company recommends that homeowners should not waste money on repairing their cast iron pipes but instead replace them with PVC pipes. They also explain how they have discovered a significant amount of cast iron pipes that are worn out and rusted which need to be replaced, not repaired. They decided that it is in their best interest to replace all cast iron pipes with PVC pipes instead of attempting to repair them because in the past, they have found that repairing them leads to significant problems with the cast iron once they’re under the slab.


A collapse or break in the cast iron drain line may cause a backup through a toilet, sink, tub, or any other drain in the home. Should the backup overflow into the property, it will likely cause water damage to the surrounding area. Notably, this will be Category III water, which as defined by the Standard for Professional Water Restoration, is water that is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents and can cause significant adverse reactions to humans if contacted or consumed. Examples of Category 3 water can include, but are not limited to: sewage; waste-line backflows that originate from beyond any trap regardless of visible content or color; all forms of flooding from seawater; rising water from rivers or streams; and other contaminated water entering or affecting the indoor environment, such as wind-driven rain from hurricanes, tropical storms, or other weather-related events. Category 3 water can carry trace levels of regulated or hazardous materials (e.g., pesticides, or toxic organic substances). Building materials damaged by Category 3 water contaminants should never be repaired, but rather replaced entirely for the safety of the property’s residence or occupants.




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