Although most of us imagine PVC or metal pipes running and under throughout
our homes, the truth is many homeowners probably have clay pipes for their
sewer lines and other
drainage systems. There are a few advantages to clay pipework systems, including the relative
ease of repairs with the right equipment and know-how.
If you want to try to repair a broken clay sewer pipe in your property,
here is a quick breakdown of what to do:
- Gather your tools, which should include two rubber seal couplings, a grinder
or grinding saw, and an appropriate length of replacement pipe to replace
the damaged section. Be sure to confirm the replacement pipework has the
same interior diameter as the preexisting clay pipe.
- Use the grinder to cut away any broken edges of the clay pipe. Always wear
all necessary safety equipment, like gloves and goggles, when handling
a power tool. Never attempt to use a power tool without proper training
or instruction. Do not do anything that jeopardizes your health and wellbeing.
- Attach the rubber seal couplings over each end of the now-smoothened clay pipe.
- Make any cuts to your replacement pipe to get it to the right length. Remember:
measure twice, cut once. Sanding the edges of the replacement pipe is
- Carefully insert the replacement pipe into the rubber seal couplings. Do
not use too much force, as you could potentially bend, chip, or break
the clay pipe again. If it is not fitting, it is probably not the right length.
- Tighten the couplings until each firmly hold onto the new pipe. Any amount
of wiggle is too much.
- Refill the hole in the ground – assuming the broken clay pipe was
underground – with the appropriate soil or filler, such as small
pea shingle or sand.
Professional Help for Intimidating Plumbing Projects
Do not forget that the first rule for working on or repairing your plumbing
is never to attempt a plumbing job you are not confident you can complete
correctly. Trying to fix your clay sewer line can become a nightmare if
you make the situation worse. Depending on what section of the pipe needs
a repair, you could potentially make a blunder and cause sewage to leak
into the surrounding soil, creating a foul smell and requiring even more
When in doubt, leave your clay pipework repairs to Hart Services. Our Tacoma
plumbing company is backed by positive community and
client reviews, offers competitive pricing, and is staffed by the friendliest service
technicians around. Call
(253) 331-1206 or use an
online contact form if you want to schedule a free job estimate.