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I see cast iron in older construction and in some new commercial buildings.

Most everything is pvc now and has been since around 1970 in my area.

In my opinion pvc is a much better product.

I’ve dug up 50 yr old pvc that looked like new on the inside. That’s not possible with cast iron.

But like most things, it’s situational.
 

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I'm not a plumber but as an engineer I would agree. Older cast iron makes me nervous...vs PVC or ABS
 

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I wondered if it was sometimes selected due to being less noisy than the plastic products when water is flowing through it
 

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I wondered if it was sometimes selected due to being less noisy than the plastic products when water is flowing through it
Yes, it’s even marketed as “ the quiet pipe “

That said, I’d rather sound proof than have cast iron drain in my home.

Some give the reasoning that cast iron doesn’t put off deadly gas in a structure fire.
 

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Interesting. We are in a moderate fire hazard area in CA so the local code requires tile roof and stucco or other fire resistant external walls etc so I did wonder if fire concerns influenced the pipe selection. Interestingly we had the lines inspected and under the foundation it's all ABS
 

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A question for you pros. Is it common to still install cast iron for inside downpipes etc ? I recently bought a 1976 era house and was surprised to see cast iron. In fact one down pipe had split. Fortunately the inspection showed a damp area on the ground floor and the seller replaced it with plastic. I worry about corrosion and splits/leaks on the old cast pipes
One thing about cast iron drainage piping is that it is quiet . with plastic everyone in the house know it when you flush the toilet . So yes to risers in cast iron . I like cast iron pipe , I have worked on some stuff 150 years old and still sound as the day installed
 

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I see cast iron in older construction and in some new commercial buildings.

Most everything is pvc now and has been since around 1970 in my area.

In my opinion pvc is a much better product.

I’ve dug up 50 yr old pvc that looked like new on the inside. That’s not possible with cast iron.

But like most things, it’s situational.
ya where i live code is all cast iron mainly. Only residential for pvc and even than most choose not to since of how much louder it is
 

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ya where i live code is all cast iron mainly. Only residential for pvc and even than most choose not to since of how much louder it is
You couldn’t give me cast iron pipe for free if I had to install it in a home I planned to keep.....✌

I’ve made a ton of money replacing it with plastic over the years, so it does have a special place in my heart but just not under my concrete slab.🤣

Usually in areas of the country where the plumbing union is strong you’ll see a lot of cast iron. That and government work.
 

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This 2016 first edition WC mover was practically given to this plumber to try it out. I’m not sure if they are still being sold without having done the research.

It’s a bright gadget which impressed me.
 

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Yes, it’s even marketed as “ the quiet pipe “

That said, I’d rather sound proof than have cast iron drain in my home.

Some give the reasoning that cast iron doesn’t put off deadly gas in a structure fire.
In my town mall you have to use no hub cast with the bands. No plastic allowed.
 

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