Cast iron pipes were used for decades as a preferred solution for plumbing and sewer pipes. However, much of this old infrastructure is now reaching the end of its lifespan (50-100 years), making now an opportune time to replace cast iron pipe with PVC or other solutions before issues arise.
Benefits of Replacing Cast Iron Pipe
- Lightweight alternatives make installation, replacement, and repairs easier and more affordable.
- Better flexibility, with newer materials much more resistant to shifts in the ground and soil, as well as protection from storm, water, or root damage.
- More durable, with materials such as PVC capable of handling high pressure, high movement, heat, and cold.
- Tighter joints means less chance of developing a leak in the future (as compared to cast iron and terracotta clay).
- Cleaner water in drinking pipes, with materials such as PVC impervious to rust and corrosion.
Still Not Convinced? Here are Some Disadvantages of Cast Iron Pipes:
- Limited lifespan
- Prone to corrosion
- Heavy (leads to sinking in ground and cracking)
- Expensive to repair