Types of plumbing pipes

Having plumbing pipes that don’t work properly can be very frustrating. Leaking pipes is one of the most common plumbing problems. It’s important that you check your pipes regularly for rust or anything else that may cause a leak.

You should also learn about the different types of plumbing pipes in case you are not able to DYI. It’ll help you hire the right professional for your project and give you more insight when explaining the problem.

Different plumbing pipes types on the market

Learning about the diverse types of plumbing pipes can be very useful in your home. It will help you troubleshoot plumbing issues that may arise unexpectedly and make things easier when explaining a plumber. Each pipe has its benefits and disadvantages.

Metal plumbing pipes

  • Copper pipes: They are highly resistant to corrosion and very durable. They come in three sizes M for thick walls, L for medium thickness, and K for thicker walls. But although the lucky penny is very reliable it can also be very costly.
  • Galvanized steel pipe: They are widely used especially outdoors but they are slightly resistant to corrosion and rust and their life expectancy is 4 years.
  • Stainless Steel pipes: These are more expensive than copper, as they are made of 100% stainless steel. They are generally used in marine waters since they are strongly resistant to corrosion, especially in saltwater where other metals get eroded.
  • Cast Iron: They were used in the past for drainage purposes. Although it can be very durable it’s quite hard to work with due to its weight.

Plastic plumbing pipes

  • Polyvinyl Chloride (pvc) pipe: These pipes are white or gray and most often used to carry high-pressured water. It’s used to supply water at home. They can be used with hot water, although the heat can cause the pipe to warp.
  • High density polyethylene (hdpe) pipe: It’s very lasting, flexible, resistant to corrosion and it’s used to carry pretty much everything, from drinking water to hazardous waste. They are long and their joints are formed through heat fusion.
  • Acrylonitrite-butadiene-styrene (abs) pipe: This pipe is now prohibited by many plumbing codes. It’s mostly used in mobile homes and commonly replaces by HDPE and PVC. This waste and vent pipe is made of black plastic.
  • Creamy Plastic Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (cpvc) pipe: This yellowish pipe it’s PVC with more chlorination. It can be used for cold and hot water supply and it allows easy installation. Although it’s more flexible than PVC, it should be buried otherwise it can split if it freezes.
  • Cross Linked Polyethylene (pex) pipe: It’s used mainly on interior plumbing as it heats better than other plastic pipes so it’s basically used on heating systems.

If you have a plumbing emergency, contact a professional from casafix.