Professional Solutions for Asbestos Drain Pipes – Safety & Replacement Tips

Many water system pipes built in the early to mid-1900s included asbestos in the concrete and cement. Asbestos cement pipes can still be found in many homes today that were built before the 1980s. Asbestos concrete water pipes were also frequently used in water systems for municipal water, wastewater, and stormwater. 

The Dangers of Asbestos Pipes

The average recommended lifespan of asbestos-containing pipelines and sewers are about 70 years, and over time, these systems and pipes develop cracks and deteriorate due to weather, demolition or corrosion. This is especially true in abandoned or under-maintained buildings that do not undergo proper inspection. There are many disadvantages of asbestos cement pipes, and as these pipes degrade, the asbestos fibres used in the construction materials leak into the water supply, increasing the danger of asbestos leaking into the water supply and causing increased dangerous health risks to the general public. 

Where Can Asbestos Be Found Within Your Home?

Many construction materials that were used for building homes prior to the 1980s included asbestos. If you’re planning on renovating your home which was built before 1980, contractors who attempt to drill, remove, or saw any materials which may contain asbestos could cause crumbling – which could lead to asbestos being breathed in, or even contaminated water supplies; leading to damage to health. 

Older construction materials that were made with asbestos prior to the 1980s include:

  • Siding shingles
  • Insulation
  • Textured paint and patching
  • Artificial ashes and embers used in fireplaces
  • Vinyl floor tiles
  • Vinyl sheet flooring
  • Stovetop pads
  • Cement pipes
  • Walls and floors around wood-burning stoves
  • Hot water and steam pipes
  • Oil and coal furnaces

Asbestos Cement Sewer Pipes and Asbestos Soil Pipes

Many pipes for water systems that were built in the early to mid-1900s often included asbestos in the concrete and cement. These asbestos cement pipes are still frequently found today in homes that were built before the 1980s. Asbestos cement pipes were originally used due to their lightweight nature, and their resistance to corrosion. However, due to the fact that pipes with asbestos can cause asbestos to leak into the water, and that those who drink water contaminated with asbestos gain an increased risk of developing benign intestinal polyps and cancer – including mesothelioma, these pipes have been needing to be replaced with suitable alternatives. 

So, how do our experts at Coastal Drains address the endemic that is ageing asbestos cement pipes? We have the best ways of how to identify asbestos soil pipes, including four basic alternatives for thorough management of water mains with asbestos cement pipes. 

Total Asbestos Cement Pipe Disposal and Replacement

Here at Coastal Drains, we are able to completely remove any known asbestos water pipes to eliminate the risk of asbestos water contamination altogether. With the asbestos pipe disposal approach, the end result is that there are no asbestos cement pipes remaining, so the entire risk has diminished. We use the most advanced industry equipment in order to ensure the safety of our tradespeople when working with asbestos. In order to prevent any asbestos fibres from escaping into the air, which would pose a risk to local public health, the process of removing these pipes can take a longer amount of time than removing a pipe without asbestos.
If you would like an asbestos pipe removed by certified experts, with the lowest asbestos pipe removal cost, contact us today.

Engineering Desktop Condition Assessment

This strategy ensures your pipes will be thoroughly reviewed by a professional engineer who is trained and experienced in the condition assessment of asbestos pipes. Our engineers use advanced statistical modelling which can help decipher differences between multiple variables relating to the pipe. This approach may not have the ability to consider some details such as a pipe’s proximity to light rails, the contribution of elevation, or the pipe material.

Desktop condition assessments are substantially built on age and break history of the pipes, and thus aren’t optimal to predict “first” breaks.
If you would like a desktop condition assessment of asbestos pipes, contact us today.

Pipe-Level, Detailed Physical Condition Assessment

This results in a very accurate and reliable assessment of the pipe tested. It provides analysis on the chosen pipe, with multiple physical measurements taking place for accurate correlation and confirmation. We then extrapolate our readings and determine the best course of action from there. This can disturb the integrity of the asbestos pipe during the testing procedures, however, our highly trained experts have years of experience and are always extremely careful, wearing the latest protective equipment, when it comes to asbestos-related products.

To book a detailed condition assessment, contact us today.

Digital Condition Assessment

This data-­driven method overcomes human limitations by providing results that help the experts at Coastal Drains make effective asbestos cement pipe replacement decisions. We use the latest industry-standard equipment with this method, which is able to provide a condition assessment of an entire water distribution system in order to determine the best course of action to prevent potential contamination of water with asbestos.
To book a digital condition assessment, contact us today.

Contact us Today

If you believe the pipes in your home are affected by asbestos, please don’t hesitate in contacting our team of asbestos qualified engineers today. We will determine whether or not your water supply is at risk of, or already is, being contaminated by asbestos. In order to prevent any potential harm to you, the public, or the environment, if you believe that there is any risk of asbestos contamination within your pipes or your home, please contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – so you know you’ll be in great hands when our experts from Coastal Drains arrive on your property. 

For the most cost-effective asbestos services, Contact us today.