Orangeburg Pipe Bursting Job in Dekalb, IL
What is Orangeburg Sewer Piping?
Orangeburg sewer piping is confusing to many because of its name. People think it should be orange in color, similar to vitrified clay tile piping, but it is actually black. It’s made from laminated tar paper, similar to the tarpaper used in roofing materials. The pipe gets its name from the city where it was invented and manufactured, Orangeburg, New York. After World War II the housing market was very strong with all the veterans coming back to be with their sweethearts. There was a big shortage of steel because of the war. This made Orangeburg piping the perfect solution to use in place of steel piping.
The only real solution is to replace it. One good trenchless method for replacement is called pipebursting. It’s the process of pulling a new pipe through an existing pipe while simultaneously bursting the existing pipe apart with the pull head, commonly called the bursting head. The new pipe comes in 40’ lengths and is “fused” together with a butt fuser.
The Orangeburg pipe shown in this job in Dekalb, Il, ran out the back of the house under a brick paver patio and water fountain. Conventional repair of the pipe would’ve meant digging up the paver patio and the fountain. Using our industy-leading pipe bursting method we were able to replace the existing pipe with a stronger more durable pipe without disturbing the patio or fountain. The cost of replacing both items would’ve been considerably more than our price for the pipe bursting not to mention the conventional repair. Needless to say the homeowner was very happy he called greater Chicagoland’s trenchless sewer repair professionals, American Trenchless Technologies.