Sewer Pipe

Definition - What does Sewer Pipe mean?

A sewer pipe is a conduit for the elimination of waste materials. Sewer pipes come in a wide variety of sizes and are made of various materials. The primary purpose of a sewer pipe is to transport wastewater or sewage from homes or commercial buildings through the sewer system for treatment or disposal. Over time, these sewage ducts can decay or become damaged, requiring repair or replacement. Trenchless technology is often used for this work.

Sewer pipe is also referred to as sewage pipe.

Trenchlesspedia explains Sewer Pipe

Sewer pipes are part of the larger sewage system, which could be limited to a single property or spread across an entire city. The favored method of transport for wastewater is gravity. Wastewater is generally fed through small pipes to larger ones in a constant flow toward a waste treatment plant. Lower-lying areas may require lift stations to pump contents to a higher elevation until gravity can do its job.

A variety of construction materials are used in sewer pipes. In older homes, pipes were most often made of clay or cast iron. Newer sewer pipes are often constructed using PVC or ABS. Orangeburg pipe was used from the 1860s to the 1970s.

Repair or replacement of sewer pipes using traditional construction methods is costly in terms of labor and the disruption of the physical environment. Trenchless construction reduces costs and saves time.

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