Only a matter of when
The majority of homes built in the 1970s and prior are plumbed with cast iron pipes.
Cast iron pipes have an average life of 25-30 years. Cast iron pipe failure isn’t a matter of “if”, but a matter of “when”. With failure affecting not only the drainage and sewage systems, but also potentially impact the foundation of your home.
The increasing number of these plumbing failures across the state are driving knowledge and awareness to homeowners, so they can preemptively act before a major catastrophe.
How we can help
The issues around cast iron pipes are complex. Your Private Adjusters team of highly trained experts will help identify if you have failing cast iron pipes, and assess the damage to help you restore your home to perfect health.
Our mission is to be the best advocate for you and your home, and we work with you to get what you need from your insurance.
Your Private Adjuster is a leader in the adjusting field in central Florida and is trusted by consumers and businesses alike. We’ve helped our clients identify, and restore and repair, over $145 million in damages.
We perform a comprehensive evaluation of your insurance policies and applicable laws, and provide a framework to prepare your claim. Your Private Adjuster is committed to helping you understand your insurance policy, and act as your advocate as we prepare the claim for your insurance provider. You will be involved in every step of the way, further championing your home’s critical needs.
Cast Iron Pipe FAQ
1. What are cast iron pipes?
Cast iron pipes are a plumbing material, commonly used in homes built prior to 1975. Cast iron pipes are made from grey iron, the most common form of cast material. These uncoated and untreated pipes will corrode over time, with an average life of 25-30 years. Cast iron pipes are now obsolete.
2. Why do cast iron pipes fail?
Waste water corrodes metal piping, and the interior of a cast iron pipe will rust over time. This will thin out the metal, causing failure that can show as seeping or leaking.
The bottom part of the pipe is in contact with sewage most often, and “channels” of wear and corrosion will eventually eat through the pipe entirely.
3. What are signs of cast iron pipe failure?
Sewage gas is designed to be properly ventilated. A common sign of cast iron pipe failure is the smell of sewer gas in and around your home. This likely implies that there is a crack somewhere in the plumbing system that is allowing sewer gas to escape.
Sewage and drainage backups
Consistent sewage blockages are a potential sign of pipe failure. Cast iron pipe failure can let soil and other further corrosive and blockage material into the drainage system.
Homeowners with failing pipes will often see an increase in pest infestation due to seepage of waste material.
Bubbling or gurgling sounds emanating from toilets and drains are an indicator of a large failure in the plumbing system.
Floor material damage
Floor tiles and grout damage are another indicator. Look for raised, misaligned, stained, cracked or broken tiles and grout.
Water stains or discolorations on flooring, carpet, and under rugs are another leading indicator of a potentially serious plumbing issue.