Pipe

Plumbing
Which type is right for you?

Pipe Used for Water

PVC:

Pros:
Does not rust, corrode, or degrade over time
Very good for your home’s sink, toilet, and bathtub drain lines or vent stacks
Often used for the main water supply line into your home
Great at carrying high water pressure
Inexpensive
Very easy to work with
Cons:
Cannot handle hot water, can warp when exposed to hot water

Copper Pipes (Metal)

Pros:
Proven standard for reliability since the 1960’s
Not prone to leaks
Durability: Fittings stay tight and sturdy
Will not pollute your drinking water
Old pipes can be recycled
Long life span
Heat Tolerant
Cons:
Price

CPVC

Pros:
Contains extra chlorine making it safe for drinking water
Pipes are easy to work with it and can be used by DIYers
Can be used for hot and cold water supply
More flexible than PVC pipes
Cons:
Will split if it freezes
Cannot recycle old pipes

PEX

Pros:
Best for retrofits
Extremely versatile – can snake through walls easily and can extend across house with one piece of PEX pipe
Can be used for hot and cold water supply
Very heat resistant
Cons:
Quality varies by manufacturer, but this piping has been approved for usage in some of the strictest environmental regulating states in the U.S.

Pipe Used for Electrical and Gas

PVC-C

PVC-C is inert to many mineral acids, bases, salts, paraffinic hydrocarbons, halogens and alcohols. It will not support combustion and is rated as self extinguishing. The low thermal conductivity of the material reduces moisture condensation on water lines, and will maintain the temperature of fluids with minimal insulation.

Black Iron

Black iron pipe used to be found in water lines, but has been much more popular for gas since the advent of copper, CPVC, and PEX. It is a great option to gas for two reasons. 1) It is strong, and 2) it is relatively easy to put together. Just like PVC, black malleable iron uses a system of pipe and fittings that fit together with compounds instead of welding. Despite its name, black iron pipe is actually made of a low-grade “mild steel” compound. This gives it much better corrosion resistance than traditional cast iron piping.

Galvanized

Galvanized pipe, which has a zinc coating that inhibits corrosion, is more durable than older pipes constructed of steel or iron. Galvanized pipes can last as long as 40 years and are suited for large construction projects.

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