Named after the upstate New York city in which it was invented, Orangeburg pipe is made from compressed tar paper or a blend of pitch and wood fiber. It was invented in the 1860s, but really took off in popularity in the middle part of last century.
Are you familiar with Orangeburg pipe?
That is because in World War II, metal was in short supply. That meant that sewer pipe had to be made out of something else, since metal was needed for the war effort. Thus, Orangeburg pipe was used to build the sewer lines of many homes, government facilities and the like.
The problem with Orangeburg pipe is that it does not last particularly long, especially in comparison with how long other types of pipe can be expected to last. It is an organic product, so it decomposes after awhile. It also is not especially resistant to tree roots, which can break the pipe.
Modern Day Pipes
Modern-day options like PVC pipe have addressed these problems, but of course, that’s only after they are used to replace Orangeburg pipe.
Many people do not know that their home, business or facility has Orangeburg pipe, and so don’t realize that they need sewer repair until something drastic happens.
Sewer Repair Process
Although the discovery that you need sewer repair can be unpleasant, working with the right company can take some of the anxiety out of the process for you. We invite you to contact us today if you are researching sewer repair options. Sewer repair does not need to be an ordeal or a long, drawn-out process.