The Different Types of Plumbing Pipes

Posted on: September 25, 2017

Did you know there are many different types of plumbing pipes to choose from? If you’re looking to replace your home or business’s plumbing, make sure you know what your options are. Some materials are better than others depending on what job they’re going to have.

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PEX Piping

  • Flexible, plastic piping that is generally leak-free
  • Best piping for indoor water distribution
  • Initial cost is higher than other piping materials, however, maintenance is little-to-none and installation is extremely quick
  • Popular in small businesses and residential homes
  • Can not be used outside, as UV rays can ruin the plastic

Copper Piping

  • Most common material seen
  • Extremely durable and reliable against corrosion
  • Can be used with both hot and cold water
  • Does need to be soldered together, so expert skill is required
  • Additional fittings might be needed

PVC Piping

  • Used for potable (drinking) water and sewage-related applications
  • Depending on the type of job, PVC pipes with different levels of thickness are available
  • PVC piping used for potable (drinking) water will be specially designed so that it will meet the proper health requirements

Galvanized Piping

  • Used more frequently years ago
  • Hasn’t been used as often due to possible rust buildup
  • Visible pieces of rust can be seen in contents of water over time
  • Mainly used for grey water (excess bath, sink, and appliance water)

You’ve seen many different types of plumbing pipes, but which ones are meant for what jobs — and which one is best? When you need a professional plumber to help you decide (and to professionally install them for you), contact Len The Plumber. If you’re looking for a reliable plumber, check to see if you live in one of our many service areas!

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