Throwback Thursday! Did you know?
Sewer systems have been around for thousands of years, and as technology advanced, pipeline materials have changed, improving durability and functionality.
In the early 1800’s, many systems were built from brick and mortar. Other types included beveled boards pressed together with steel banding, and even log style, which consisted of hollowing out the middle of logs! Over time, cities began to invest in new materials.
By the early 1900’s, clay was the material used, but they were heavy and difficult to transport. Another popular pipe used was known as Orangeburg, which was made by impregnating wood fibers with coal-tar pitch. The life span of Orangeburg was very short, and is no longer used today.
Today, plastic piping such as PVC, ABS, and PEX is some of the material used and very popular, as the corrosion level is very high, and has a long-projected service life.
Concrete is also still used today, for larger pipe diameters, storm sewer lines and water mains.
Happy Thursday and be sure to call All Types Plumbing and Drain to keep the pipes in your home running clean and smooth! 435-833-9393 or 801-256-0914 for the Salt Lake area.