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Apr 03, 2024

There are many different types of plumbing pipes, and each material has its pros and cons. Having a good understanding of these pipe materials will help you make the right choice when undertaking a plumbing project like pipe installation or repiping. In this post, Express Plumbing & Rooter looks into the different types of plumbing pipes.

PVC Pipes

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes are the most popular, affordable, and versatile plumbing pipes out there. They initially gained popularity because they were relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and long-lasting. PVC pipes are commonly used for drain lines and vent piping. They often come in two different types: unplasticized PVC and chlorinated PVC pipes.

Pros of PVC pipes

  • Easy installation
  • Low material cost
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Wide range of applications
  • Corrosion resistant

Cons of PVC Pipes

  • Limited temperature resistance
  • Brittle at low temperatures

PEX Pipes

PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) pipes are relatively new to the market. They are suitable for both hot and cold water lines. One of the key advantages of PEX pipes is their flexibility. They can bend and curve easily, making them ideal for navigating around obstacles and tight spaces during pipe installation and repiping. If you’re undertaking a repiping project and looking for an extremely flexible pipe material, look no further than PEX pipes.

Pros of PEX Pipes

  • Built to last
  • Leak resistant
  • Cost effective
  • Versatile

Cons of PEX Pipes

  • Maximum temperature tolerance that's around 180°F (82°C)
  • UV light degradation
  • Susceptibility to rodent damage

ABS Pipes

ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) pipes are used in drainage, waste, and vent piping. They are readily identifiable by their black color, which differentiates them from other types of plumbing pipes like PVC pipes.

Pros of ABS Pipes

  • Lightweight and relatively easy to cut
  • Budget-friendly option compared to copper or galvanized steel
  • Can last up to 50 years

Cons of ABS Pipes

  • Solvent welding required
  • Maximum temperature rating of around 140°F (60°C)

Copper Pipes

Copper pipes are made primarily of copper, as the name suggests, and can be identified by their distinctive reddish-brown color. This material has been a mainstay in plumbing for decades, and for good reason. Proper installation of copper pipes requires a qualified plumbing repair service with expertise in soldering or brazing techniques. These skills are necessary to create secure and leak-proof connections. Consider going for copper pipes if you live in an area with hard water or acidic water conditions.

Pros of Copper Pipes

  • High heat resistance
  • Leak resistance
  • Versatility
  • Often lasts 50-70 years

Cons of Copper Pipes

  • The initial cost of purchasing and installing copper pipes can be significantly higher
  • Not ideal for all applications

Galvanized Steel Pipes

Galvanized steel pipes are made from steel and dipped in a zinc layer, giving them a galvanized (zinc-coated) finish. These pipes are commonly found in older homes because their use has declined in recent decades. They are incredibly durable and can withstand high temperatures. If you live in a home built before the 1960s and you have galvanized steel pipes, consider calling a professional plumbing service like Express Plumbing & Rooter to inspect the pipes and determine their condition. Instead of complete replacement, a trenchless pipe repair technique known as pipe lining can be used to extend the lifespan of galvanized pipes.

Pros of Galvanized Steel Pipes

  • Galvanized steel pipes can last for several decades
  • Suitable for both hot and cold water lines

Cons of Galvanized Steel Pipes

  • Shorter lifespan compared to copper pipes
  • Corrosion susceptibility

Contact Express Plumbing & Rooter for Expert Plumbing Pipe Service

Our qualified and experienced plumbers have the skills and modern equipment to perform pipe repair, repiping, trenchless sewer line replacement, and many more. If you’re looking for a trusted plumbing repair service to inspect, repair, or replace the pipes in your home or commercial property, call Express Plumbing & Rooter today.

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