Types of Home Plumbing Pipes – Plumber.ca

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Types of Home Plumbing Pipes – Plumber.ca

Types of Home Plumbing Pipes

Here’s a quick guide to home plumbing pipes. If you’re building a home, adding a room, remodeling, or taking on a do it yourself repair project if useful to know about the various types of home plumbing pipes. Usually, you’ll find PVC, copper, and ABS although older homes may have used cast iron for drain pipes, waste pipes, or vents, and galvanized steel pipe systems.

Here are types of home plumbing pipes:

  • Plastic – One of the most common types of home plumbing pipes are either PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene). Most homes since the 1970’s utilize plastic fittings and pipes which are cost-effective and easy to use. All you have to do is glue the joints with a primer and some liquid cement. ABS is a black piping that was used before PVC though it’s not as common anymore because they had an issue with joints coming loose. PVC is a light colored piping is durable and used in most drain lines in your residence with a 40 PVC. The diameter and rating can be found stamped right on it. It’s heat resistant but some areas won’t allow it to be used for hot water supply lines and is great for cold water supply lines.
  • Copper – Copper piping costs more than plastic but it also last longer. It resists corrosion well and is a commonly used pipe for water supply lines. Rigid copper has three thicknesses available. Type M being the thinnest though it’s strong enough for most homes. Type K and Type L are utilized for drain and other outdoor applications because they are thicker. Copper pipes are mostly connected by soldered fittings and compression fittings. Flexible copper is utilized for dishwashers, icemakers, and additional appliances which need a water supply.
  • PEX – PEX is a newer pipe which is utilized in residential homes. It cuts easily so this makes it simple to install. It’s also flexible and utilizes compression fittings. Permanent connections may require a crimping tool. It’s usually at least three times as costly as PVC or copper piping.
  • Steel – Commonly found in older homes steel piping is galvanized and strong but usually only last up to fifty years, or so. It’s difficult to work with so if you’re in need of repair it’s best to consider upgrading to different home plumbing pipes and to call a professional.
  • Cast Iron – Cast iron piping was used prior to 1960 for vent stacks, vertical drain and occasionally the horizontal drain lines. It’s quite durable but can rust and deteriorate over time. It’s also heavy and difficult to work with so it’s best to call a professional for help repairing or upgrading.

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