Types of Plumbing Pipes

Posted by Networx Team | Jan 01, 2011
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There are many types of plumbing pipes used for residential applications. These include PEX Tubing/Piping, Copper Pipes, PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) and ABS Pipes. Pipes are the heart of any plumbing system. They are the most important parts as they deliver the water; without them, nothing works! Simply click on the links below to learn more about each pipe type. If you are unsure about which pipes are best for your home, then find a professional plumber who can surely give you some good advice.

  • PEX Tubing/Piping - Pex Tubing/Piping is flexible plastic piping which has become the most popular type of piping used in U.S. homes today for some really great reasons. They are cost effective, easy to install, require little maintenance, less chances of leaking, resists buildup and are energy efficient. They can also be used for hot and cold water supply but cannot be used in outdoor applications due to their sensitivity to UV rays.
  • Copper Piping - Copper pipes are second best next to PEX piping and can be used for both hot and cold water supply. They are corrosion resistant, durable and lightweight and generally perform well. The down side is that installation is messy as the pipes must be soldered together which also requires numerous fittings.
  • PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) - These pipes are only for cold water and are used most often to carry water from the main supply to a home. PVC pipes must also be approved for drinking water.
  • ABS (acrylonitrite-butadiene-styrene) - is a black colored pipe and used for waste removal, venting, and drains primarily in bathrooms or mobile homes. It is a rigid plastic pipe that can be connected to metal pipe.
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