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These are the 5 types of plumbing pipes

Mar 5

These are the 5 types of plumbing pipes

There are many types of plumbing pipes that can be used in different ways. From carrying water to the kitchen faucet to delivering wastewater to your sewage line. These systems of drainage or delivery have been around since ancient times. The Greeks used clay pipes to carry water to their homes, and other public buildings. As the twentieth century progressed, more people started to use materials such as cast iron, copper and galvanized.

Our knowledge of lead poisoning evolved. There are many types today of pipes, each one used for a specific purpose. This list includes PVC piping, PEX piping, ABS piping, copper piping, galvanized steel piping, and cast iron. Find out more about the information provided below.

The 5 Most Important Types of Plumbing Pipes to Use in Your Home Plumbing System

1. PVC Pipes

Commonly, polyvinylchloride (PVC), pipes are used as part of a sink, toilet, or drain line. Its plastic tubing works well for this type of use because it protects water from corrosion and rust better than other pipes. PVC pipe is also very durable. PVC pipes will last forever unless they're damaged.

PVC pipe is also capable of enduring high water pressure. PVC pipe is also able to handle high water pressure. It is also lighter than traditional steel piping options, making it more manageable. PVC pipes are protected from sediment buildup by having a smooth inner layer that resists blockages.

PVC pipe can be limited in size and cannot withstand hot water. PVC pipes are also prone to toxicity. PVC piping does not meet the American National Standards Institute standards. There are concerns that it may introduce chemicals called polyvinylchloride into drinking water. This can potentially lead to respiratory or reproductive problems. PVC plumbing pipes have been banned from the transportation of drinking water in some states.

2. PEX Pipes

PEX, also known as cross-linked polyethylene piping, is a type of affordable plastic tubing often used for water supply. It works in the same way as PVC piping but prevents rusting or corrosion from getting into the water.

PEX pipe is still a popular choice among professionals. They are flexible and can be used to weave through walls, basements, crawl spaces, and ceilings. They're strong enough that they can withstand the pressures in your water supply. A cross-linked polyethylene tube is also color-coded with hot and cold water. This makes identifying and organizing plumbers easier.

3. ABS Pipes

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene pipes (ABS), are similar to PVC in nature, but they can be easily identified based on their dark color. Acrylonitrile, butadiene, styrene has a high resistance to cold temperatures. It is mostly used for venting and drain lines.

Although it is relatively easy to install this type of pipe, it can warp under direct sunlight. ABS pipes can also be noisier than other types and cause disruptions to homeowners.

4. Copper Pipes

Copper pipe is a well-known staple in the plumbing trade for decades. This type of plumbing pipe is known for its durability, which can last as long as 50 years. It is used in fixtures such as sinks and tubs in new and existing homes. Copper pipes continue to be popular with homeowners as well as plumbers because they are resistant to corrosion and best suited for protecting the water quality.

Copper pipes can withstand high water pressure. It's also able to be recycled, making it a somewhat environmentally-friendly option.

There are however some limitations. It is difficult to install copper piping in tight spaces, because of its rigid nature. It is also a very expensive kind of plumbing pipe. Any project that involves copper pipe will be more costly as copper's price continues to rise.

5. Pipes made of cast iron and galvanized steel

Galvanized Steel Pipe and cast-iron pipe rarely make it into new construction. But they are quite common in homes built before the turn of the 20th century. Cast iron plumbing pipe is still widely used today to distribute water.

Cast iron pipes were commonly used for drainage purposes, such as to drain water. Cast iron pipes have enjoyed popularity due to their heat resistance and ability to reduce the sound from moving water.

Unfortunately, cast iron pipes are prone to rust. The ability of the cast-iron pipe to maintain clean water supplies will be affected over time. These pipes are now mostly being replaced by copper and PEX pipes in residential plumbing repair.

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