drain has roots Pvc or ABS?

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  1. brother

    brother Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Found out that my drain outside the house has partial blockage because of some root ball. Since this is outside the house and underground, (4 inch pipe) what is legal to use and best to use? Pvc or ABS?
    I have dig it up, about 4ft deep so it wont take long.
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    The answer would partially depend on what I was connecting to. We do not use ABS in this part of the Midwest, so that makes the decision that much easier. In older construction, the outside line could be clay or orangeburg, or cast iron, and each would be repaired differently.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Normally, in any given area, one or the other, PVC or ABS, is prevalent so the decision is easy. Either one is perfectly adequate, as long as it is NOT SDR grade PVC.
  5. cwhyu2

    cwhyu2 Consultant

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    We use ASTM-3034 sewer pipe 3ft outside foundation wall.The green pipe.
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