The benefits of underground infrastructure are well documented, keeping water, sewer, utility, and power lines free from weather and other damage above ground. Yet over time, technology has allowed pipelines to progress into many different forms suited for particular purposes. Whether you’re deciding what pipelines to use for underground infrastructure or you just want to learn more about your options, here are some pipelines commonly used.
Although many have disappeared from residential construction due to corrosion issues, cast iron pipes are still popular in certain types of construction and infrastructure due to their heat resistance and durability. Most often, these types of pipes are used for the dispersion of rainwater and water runoff. They also have less vibration than other pipes, meaning that you can’t hear water running in residential or commercial construction.
Used mainly in sewers and culverts in commercial construction or municipal infrastructure, concrete pipes are some of the most durable pipelines available. With more durability than almost any other type of pipeline, engineers estimate that most concrete pipes will last somewhere between 100 and 150 years. Despite a higher upfront cost, the longevity of these pipes makes them low-cost in the long run while also offering the ability to transport water over long distances.
In modern residential and commercial construction, few other materials are better for underground infrastructure than PVC pipes. In fact, many home rehabbers replace old clay and cast-iron pipes with PVC because of their flexibility and longevity.
Interestingly, PVC pipes can cost up to 50% less than cast iron pipes, which is considerable savings that builders can put right in their pockets. Plus, PVC pipes have a number of other benefits, including:
- More consistent flow rates due to a lack of friction
The need to move oil quickly from the point of drilling to refineries is integral to cost control and distribution in countries around the globe. However, oil requires certain types of pipelines to avoid leaks and contamination.
Generally speaking, manufacturers fabricate oil pipelines out of steel and then add cathodic protection and both internal and external coatings to the pipe. Again, this prevents any potential contamination to the area around the pipeline while also offering less friction and an improved flow.
Although you won’t see a slurry pipeline outside of industrial usage, these pipelines are integral to the transportation of ore, coal, and other minerals. As the name implies, these materials are mixed with water to create a “slurry,” which then floats freely through a pipeline. The materials have to be dried at the end of the pipeline, but it’s often less expensive than transporting the materials by train or truck.
Now that you have a basic idea of pipelines commonly used in underground infrastructure, you can create a budget and timeline to complete your project — at least to some degree. But if you’re still at a loss, put your trust in the professionals.
EPS Engineering in the Bay Area is an experienced underground infrastructure company. Our team can always provide the insight, talent, and expertise that you need, including the correct choice of pipelines. So put your trust in the best and leave your worries behind. Talk to us when you need an experienced Bay Area underground infrastructure contractor.