You may not know which type of plumbing pipes can be used in your home. It is of utmost necessity that you are fully aware of what kinds of plumbing have gone into the system so that if anything was to go wrong, you can have a clear understanding of things and be able to confidently converse with the plumber about the issues that are prevailing around the plumbing system. There are two main categories that pipes fall into, and they are plastic and metal, which then goes on to be categorized even further to many other different types. All these different sets of pipes have certain benefits and disadvantages that come with them. Read on to find out what the different types of plumbing pipes are.
There are four different kinds of metal pipes available in the market that come with individual set of advantages and disadvantages each. Copper, being one of the most expensive metal pipes, has been widely used throughout the past years. Few of the reasons as to why people choose copper pipes is that it is resistant to corrosion, and its fittings once properly fit together do not come apart, which signifies that these do not tend to leak. There are three sizes in which these copper pipes come in. They include, ‘M’, pipes that have very thin walls, ‘L’, that have a medium thickness and, ‘K’ being the pipe with the thickest of walls. While ‘K’ pipes are normally used for underground piping, ‘M’ and ‘L’ pipes are more for residential use.
Out of the many pipes that can be found in a plumbing centre, galvanized steel, a member of the metal pipes, has been widely used during the 1960s, for outdoor piping and are usually used as supply lines. Unlike the copper pipes, these galvanized pipes aren’t quite resistant to corrosion and rust, while having a life span of about 30 to 40 years. Unlike before, these particular pipes are starting to be replaced by copper ones in order to garner better durability.
One of the few that may not be available in a plumbing centre is the grey plastic polybutylene pipes. According to research, these type of pipes have been widely used by many during the 80’s owing to the fact that it can be an inexpensive substitute to copper pipes which ultimately started leaking and was not of much effective use, which lead to the utility of this particular pipe. Polyvinyl chloride pipes on the other are widely used around the world to provide a home with its main supply of water. This is because these pipes have the ability to withstand high pressure. One of the drawbacks though, to these pipes is that they tend to warp when dealing with hot water.
High density polyethylene, one of the sturdiest of plastic pipes, is quite resistant to corrosion, last for a long period of time and is rather flexible. This pipe can be used for any type of plumbing needed, be it for the flow of any type of gas or chemical, or even the flow of drinking water. These long pipes, usually joined together through the use of heat fusion results in the elimination of any type of leaks that may occur in the future.
While understanding the positive and negative sides of each type of pipe make sure you make the right choice in selecting the best pipe for your home.