The 4 Ways to Fix or Replace Broken Cast Iron Pipes

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      Currently, most Cast Iron Pipes are past their average life span. When you’re experiencing Issues with your drainage system more frequently,  it might be time to replace them. For more information about how to know if your property has cast iron pipe and when to know when they need to be replaced check out our other articles links below.  Not repairing your cast iron pipe when experiencing problems at your property can lead to more damages, headaches, and unwanted cost. These are a few options on going about getting this fixed. Below are the pros and cons on the 3 most common ways to fix your Cast Iron Pipe Headache.

      The “Spot Repair” Cast Iron Repair

       The “Spot repair” is defined as replacing a small section of cast iron pipe inside crawl space or slab with PVC pipe. Most of the time these repairs involve breaking a small section of flooring and replacing the worst sections of cast iron with PVC pipe. It is common to see fittings such at 90’s and combinations being replaced because these are the areas that get the most friction/abuse in the building drain system. One common mistake is taking the spot repair route that some plumbers may offer.  Although it’s sometimes a few thousand cheaper upfront, Cutting your floor,  Performing a spot repair on a section of cast iron pipe is probably the worst thing you can do. This should only be performed as a temporary solution to alleviate a backed up line that has completely collapsed. When the deteriorated pipe is cut for this type of temporary repair, the vibrations through the cast iron will further compromise the pipe and cause additional damage and more problems in the near future. This will usually involve spending twice as much when you have do redo all the work a second time around when the rest of the pipe goes bad. We have seen this many times where the bathroom was remodeled and a few years later the rest of the pipe goes bad and we have to break the floor again or it gets water damaged due to a huge backup. This is probably a property owners worst nightmare.

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      The “PVC Liner”

      There are very few plumbing companies offering this method and there is a reason why. The reason why might be that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages for the property owner. Let’s talk about a few of them. One big problem is this most cities are only allowing this as a repair and not a permanent fix. Meaning you can use it only for a section of pipe not for the whole building drain. This also causes issues with the building drain not being to code to begin with. Some of the old cast iron piping diameters are too small and have to be replaced entirely to bring the property up with the new code requirements. To add insult to injury the liner reduces the diameter of the pipe when installed and this will cause more problems in the future. Other problem is that the liner doesn’t make turns during the installation. So this means the floor and walls will still need to be opened to replace fittings and branches . Although this is a great deal for the plumber because the job is done much faster and the property owner may pay a little less this might not be the best option for most people.

      The “Reroute”

      The best ways to fix a broken cast iron pipe is to abandon the cast iron pipe completely. There are a bunch of advantages to abandoning the pipe and rerouting through the exterior of the home. For one you save on ripping most of your floors up, the building drains new location will in the exterior of the home so if anything goes wrong in the future its easier to repair, and all your piping will be brand new PVC that will last you a lifetime. This will also add a huge upside if you ever sell the house. Unfortunately, although this is the preferred option it cant always be done for several reasons. Some common reasons it can’t be done is that there is a pool or other structure that in the way, the distances are too long for the pipe and the pitch will be off, or the locations (Bathroom, kitchen, laundry etc. )  are not abutting on the exterior walls of the building.

      Replace Cast Iron Pipes in Existing locations

      If you don’t have a crawl space and you can’t do the reroute option then your next best choice is to replace the cast iron pipes in the existing locations. This will involve cutting the floor and removing the entire cast iron pipe where it currently runs under the floor and replacing it to PVC which will last more than a lifetime.  Although this may turn into a huge project in your home or office the key is to find a licensed company that has been doing this type of work for a while. The common issues that most homeowners and business owners encounter when doing this type of project is length of the project, plumbing knowledge, communication, plans and permitting. The biggest benefit is at the end you will have a remodeled home and most importantly a piece of mind.