Which pipe for sewer line

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  1. diganddig

    diganddig New Member

    Apr 27, 2012
    Calgary Alberta Canada

    I'm in Calgary Alberta. I need to replace my sewer from the house out to the City service - around 8' deep. Should I use 4" ABS-DWV Schedule 40 Cell Core pipe? Or should I be using 4" PVC Solid Wall DR 35? Or something else?

    Last edited: May 9, 2012
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

    Jan 5, 2008
    Test, Don't Guess!
    Land of Cheese
    What do they use in your area for new construction? Cast iron or solid core PVC is common here.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    It depends on what is "used" in your area. Here, it would be almost exclusively ABS pipe and fittings. Other areas use PVC, and still others may have a 50/50 mix depending on the plumber's preference.
  5. mikeplummer

    mikeplummer Plumber

    Mar 28, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    we use DR35 PVC sewer pipe for the main
  6. Willie Two

    Willie Two New Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    British Columbia
    Why do we Canadians use PVC Sch 35 vs ABS Sch 40 pipe. Is it cost ? Material flexibilty / frost or is it just better ?
  7. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Willie, I don't know that it is a "Canadian thing" at all. The choice of materials will vary from place to place here in the States too. Some areas don't stock ABS at all, other places use ABS 100%. Go figure.
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