How to tell if your cast iron sewer pipes need replacement

Published on: April 20, 2022

Anyone in Florida with a home built prior to the 1990s likely as iron sewer pipes leading to and from their homes. Favored in the past for its durability (at the time), cast iron generally lasts around 100 years.

Fast-forward to today, and we’re seeing many of these Brevard County area homeowners facing the reality of repairing and/or replacing such pipes. Often without warning, these pipes crack and break or seals become loose, leaking hazardous sewage into the ground and causing serious damage.

Anyone familiar with such a scene would be wise to try and anticipate or at least identify issues early before a break or leak turns into a nightmare.

Signs that Your Cast Iron Sewer Pipes May Need Replacement:

  • You notice a leak (often in the form of sewage or water bubbling up from the ground)
  • You notice a strange color in your water
  • You notice a foul smell coming from your property or water supply
  • You notice mold or mildew growing in places in or around where the pipe enters your home
  • Sewage backups – no explanation needed here. It’s a mess. Trust us.
  • The appearance of sudden patches of bright green grass in your yard. Sometimes in a circle (pooling sewage underneath) or in a line (along where a pipe runs)
  • Damage to structural foundations
  • You know your cast iron pipes were installed 70 or more years ago
  • Your property is subject to shifting of soil or the ground
  • You have trees growing too close to where the pipes are located

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