Plumbing Pipes

Plumbing Pipes

There are different types of plumbing pipes that can be used in a number of ways, from carrying water to your kitchen faucet to delivering waste to your sewage system. These kinds of drainage and delivery systems have been around since ancient times. We have come a long way from the Greed methodology of using clay pipes to transport water to homes and public buildings. Today materials like cast iron, terra-cotta, copper, and galvanized steel became more popular.


Polyvinyl chloride pipes (PVC) are commonly used as part of a sink, toilet, or shower drain line. Today they are the most commonly used pipes. Their plastic tubing is ideal for this kind of usage. PVC pipes surpass all other pipes as they protect the water from rust and corrosion. This capability also makes PVC pipe incredibly durable. Unless they are subject to some kind of damage, PVC pipes will last indefinitely.

PVC pipe is also able to handle high water pressure. This is why it can also serve as your home’s main water supply line. It is also a lighter-weight material, making it easier to work with than the more traditional galvanized steel piping options. PVC pipes contain a smooth inner lining as well, which protects against sediment buildup and makes them more resistant to blockages.


PEX or cross-linked polyethene refers to an affordable plastic tubing commonly used for water supply lines. Similar to PVC piping, it prevents rust or corrosion from leaching into the water.

Professionals favour PEX pipes because they are flexible and easy to weave through walls, ceilings, basements, and crawl spaces. Additionally, they’re strong enough to withstand the pressures of your water supply. Cross-linked polyethene pipe is also colour-coded for hot and cold water, making it easy for plumbers to identify and organize.


Copper Pipes

Copper pipes have been common within the plumbing industry for decades. They were once the only option for in-house plumbing. This type of plumbing pipe can last upwards of 50 years and is commonly found in sinks, showers, tubs, and other fixtures in new and old homes. Copper pipes remain popular among plumbers and homeowners alike because they are corrosion-resistant and best suited to protect the quality of the water. despite being significantly higher in cost Copper pipes have a lower health risk.

Cast Iron and Galvanized Steel Pipes

Cast iron pipes and galvanized steel pipes are rarely included in new construction, though they are commonly found in homes built-in. Still, cast iron plumbing pipes are incredibly durable and remain in use for parts of water distribution systems today. Cast iron pipes were typically used as sewer pipes and for other drainage purposes. Their popularity largely stemmed from the fact that they are heat-resistant and reduce the sound of moving water however, they are prone to rusting and corroding which eventually poses a health risk.

No matter which plumbing option you choose always weigh the pros and cons and never forget to ask a professional!

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