You can expect a service life of 100 years in typical drainage applications. Highly resistant to abrasion and chemicals, corrugated plastic pipe outperforms in environments that damage other materials. Acidic soil and runoff from road salts are common problems that can shorten the life of other drainage pipes to just a few years. Corrugated plastic pipe will last for decades in the same environment.
Years of extensive research by AASHTO and various state DOTs have validated the performance of corrugated plastic pipe under difficult loading conditions. Corrugated plastic pipes are designed to interact with the surrounding soils and carry HL-93 live loads (HL-93 is a pair of 25.kip axles spaced 4 ft apart) with just 12 in of cover in most cases. The soil and pipe interaction allows corrugated plastic pipe to be buried beneath deep fills without having to worry about different pipe classes.