Why does my cast iron plumbing keep clogging?

Published on: January 25, 2023

As a homeowner in Cape Canaveral, I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to deal with clogged pipes. And when those pipes are made of cast iron, it can be especially challenging.
Over the years, I have had to deal with several instances of clogged cast iron pipes in customer’s homes and properties. I've learned that there are several potential causes of these clogs, including age, scale build-up, tree roots, and improper installation.

Reasons why your cast iron plumbing may be clogging:

Age: As cast iron pipes age, they can become corroded and weakened, which can lead to clogs. If your pipes are old, they may be more prone to clogging.

Scale build-up: Hard water can leave behind a mineral residue called scale, which can build up inside the pipes over time. This scale can eventually cause clogs and reduce the flow of water through the pipes.

Tree roots: Tree roots can grow into and block cast iron pipes, especially if the pipes are old and have cracks or breaks.

Improper installation: If the pipes were not installed properly, it can lead to clogs and other issues. For example, if the pipes were not pitched correctly, it can cause water to flow too slowly and lead to clogs.

If your cast iron plumbing is frequently clogging, it may be time to consider replacing the pipes. Cast iron pipes are prone to corrosion and other issues, and replacing them with newer, more durable materials can help to prevent future clogs and costly repairs.

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