The History of Cast Iron Pipes

Do you know what your pipes are made of? For some homeowners, the answer might be unknown. If you’re living in an older house, there is a chance you have cast iron pipes. If so, you might be at risk for damage. For many, a repair or relining is the best course of action. Either way, we want to bring to light the reason why cast iron pipes went from the premier choice to the outdated one.

Here’s a bit of the history of how our plumbing has evolved beyond cast iron: 

The Popularity of Cast Iron Pipes

Though it might seem old and outdated, back in the 17th century, cast iron pipes were an innovative and modern option. Royalty and the rich were some of the few lucky to use this material, and here in the US, they started becoming a popular option in the 19th century. They were the premier option until plastic started becoming commonplace in the 1970s.

When Did Cast Iron Pipes Go Out of Style?

Cast Iron pipes use to be a top option, but the process was tedious. Because of the time, it was an expensive option, limiting many who couldn’t afford it and making new materials desirable. Beyond time and money, they aren’t flexible to today’s modern construction. Where today’s home needs a variety of sizes and flexibility in its plumbing options, cast iron pipes fall short. 

What to Know If you Have Cast Iron Pipes

If you still live in a home with cast iron pipes, you are putting your plumbing at risk for major issues/need for repair. Some of the most common problems with cast iron pipes include:

  • Corrosion
  • Clogs
  • Slow drains
  • Sewer back backup issues

In some cases, rust can lead to a clog or crack and put your plumbing in danger of a nasty tree root invasion. If possible, it might be best to consider getting your plumbing pipes inspected so you can find another option. 

Your Orange County’s Repiping Experts 

The team at Barker and Sons Plumbing is here to ensure your plumbing is up to date and in good shape. Call us at (714) 452-1380 or request service online today!