6 Physical Factors that Contribute to Early Sewer Pipe Deterioration
Sewer pipes should be durable and resistant to retain its structural performance and integrity. But because of many factors, most of them experience early deterioration. Apparently, there are many factors that contribute to the early deterioration of the pipes in a water collection and distribution assembly. Even the most durable pipes would easily break, burst and sag due to these factors that cause them to be weak and feeble. In some writings and literature, experts have presented their ideas on which of these factors endangers our pipes most. But when these factors have been combined, your pipes are certainly endangered to the destruction caused by deterioration.
Here are the physical factors that oftentimes lead to the early deterioration of sewer pipes.
Pipes are indeed different from each other according to the type of base material they are made of and the different alterations on the water they convey. These base materials the make up the pipes have different levels of durability and strength and they as well fail in various ways. Cast iron pipes, polyvinyl pipes, cement, ductile iron and cement are the usual pipes used for water distribution. They have different reactions against the type of water they carry and when the pipe you have selected isn’t suitable or strong enough to resist the reaction against the water they convey, they might experience troubles and early deterioration.
It is indeed certain that the thicker the walls of your pipes are, the longer their lifespan and the more durable they are. They tend to have higher resistance against various factors of deterioration compared to pipes with thinner walls. Thin-walled pipes are more vulnerable to breakage, leaks, bursts, sags and root intrusion. They easily get wiped away by corrosion as they have lesser ability to withstand the stress of dynamic loads.
Well, it has been pretty obvious that older pipes are of course more vulnerable to deterioration. Pipes tend to weaken as they grow older. They lose their strength and ability to withstand the destruction caused by deterioration. When they have been utilised and excessively used for many years, they tend to be oftentimes exposed to stresses causing them to weaken and lose their strength.
In many surveys, experts have found lesser troubles and failures to pipes with larger diameters compared to those smaller ones. This is because larger pipes allow more area for water passage causing a low water pressure within its contents, while smaller pipes allow only a little area for water flow causing the water to increase their pressure and add up to the pipe’s stress.
Type of joint
There are indeed various types of pipe joints and each of them has their own limitations. Each of them may fail and such failure might cause the entire piping system to encounter catastrophes as well.
Pipes must be equipped with enough strength and durability to restraint force and sudden destruction caused by corrosion, chemical reaction, change in temperature and varied pressure. When pipes do not have adequate strength to withstand the aforementioned factors of early deterioration, they would slowly experience destruction and deterioration causing them to be no longer beneficial in the long run.