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What is Orangeburg Pipe?


Orangeburg is wood pulp and asbestos fibers bound together by tar used from 1945-1972. Orangeburg is a low cost, brittle pipe that is easily penetrated by tree roots. The name originated because the manufacturer was Orangeburg Manufacturing Co., Inc. located in Orangeburg, New York. This product actually started to evolve in the 1890’s, making the company successful for 60 years.

Options to repair

If most of the line is collapsed, then a full dig and replacement would be your only option. If only a section has collapsed, then pipelining will be the best option. Once the liner is inserted and steam heated, it is harder than concrete. The liner is guaranteed for fifty years.

Signs of a sewer line crack or breakage

  • Frequent or persistent drain issues and clogs
  • Decreased flows and water pressure
  • Indentations and puddles on lawns
  • Lush grass in specific areas
  • Progressing or sudden pipe collapse
  • Tree root and biological penetration into pipelines
  • Frequent toilet back-ups
  • Foul sewer odors from drains
  • Sinkholes in the foundation
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