Reinforced concrete is a common material in pipes used in construction, and drainage and sewer systems. These pipes are sealed using a variety of methods during installation. One such method involves the use of gaskets made from polymers such as polyisoprene, neoprene, nitrile, and EPDM.
How durable is reinforced concrete pipe? Is it a good material for sustainable construction? Let’s take a closer look at concrete pipes, and assess their longevity and sustainability.
Longevity and Sustainability of Reinforced Concrete Pipe
Concrete has been used for centuries in construction because of its durability. Reinforcing concrete using a composite material such as high-tensile steel makes it last even longer, making it an ideal component for use in pipes.
Reinforced concrete pipes can operate even under the harshest conditions, and are resistant against compression, bending, and other factors. They are also safe from intruding roots and soil.
When properly installed, reinforced concrete pipes can last for centuries. This is why this type of pipe remains more popular compared to others, including high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes.
Universal Polymer & Rubber Ltd. produces concrete pipe gaskets that meet ASTM C-443 and/or ASTM C-361 standards. For more information on our products and services, contact us today.