Even though your home’s plumbing is built to last for several years, there will come a time when pipes need to be replaced. There are several different types to choose from, and you need to decide which of these will be best for your own home. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the more common types of pipes you might find when you need to redo your plumbing.
PEX pipes are made from polyethylene, making them great for water supply lines and little else. They’re far less expensive than most other kinds of pipes, and the fact that they are usually color-coded and very easy to cut to size means that they are perfect for small DIY projects.
PVC pipes have become very popular in recent years as alternatives for copper and galvanized steel pipes. They’re lightweight and inexpensive, yet they also have the kind of heat resistance that makes them perfect for most modern homes. They’re also very easy to install, and can be cut to the proper length with little more than a hacksaw. The only problem is that older PVC has been known to leach chemicals into water, which can create a health risk.
Copper is the material of choice for most water pipes, even though PVC seems to be gaining on it. It’s soft and easy to cut, and it won’t leach anything into your home’s water supply like PVC can. The only major downside is that it’s more difficult to connect copper pipes to one another when compared to PVC and PEX plumbing, but a skilled plumber should be able to handle that without much trouble.
Galvanized Steel Pipes
Whenever you’ve pictured your home’s plumbing as a child, chances are that you imagined a series of galvanized steel pipes. These pipes are sturdy enough to hold up for years, yet they lack the convenience and low cost of copper or PVC plumbing. Galvanized steel is often still used to repair preexisting galvanized steel water lines, but it isn’t used nearly as often for new construction.
If you believe that your home needs new plumbing or you are building a new home, it pays to have an expert on hand who knows the difference between these various plumbing materials. Contact us at HIS Plumber for more advice on choosing the best kind of pipes for your home.