Revisiting Concrete Pipes: Why They Continue to Dominate

Concrete pipes go back. Way back.

Blueprints dated around 1894 detail the construction of a sewer in St. Paul, Minnesota, featuring reinforced concrete pipe installed around 1887. St. Paul and other cities in Minnesota are only now replacing the infrastructure that has been in place for more than 100 years.

If that doesn’t speak to the longevity of concrete pipes, we’re not sure what does.

And concrete mixes continue to improve as technical advancements allow manufacturers to fine-tune batch recipes, curing time and installation processes.

The advantages of concrete pipe

-Resists groundwater

-Resists harsh chemicals internally and externally

-Dependable, with a history of expert dedication

-Reliable during most catastrophic events, such as fires, tornadoes and small seismic disruptions

-Easy and quick installation

Engineers have learned to take new environmental aspects into consideration since the 1890s. Newer concrete pipe installations are far more effective because designs now account for watertightness, soil tightness and internal pressure.

Concrete pipe joint designs have come a long way as well. Rubber gaskets adapt to shifting concrete, sealing fluids inside even if pipes move around the joint. This type of joint allows for pipes to settle and not lose insulation capabilities.

Whether you need fluid moved horizontally or vertically, concrete pipes are a cost-effective choice for getting it done.


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