Knowing what type of pipe is in your home can help pinpoint if there are any leaks, damage or simply temperatures that water can go through the pipes. Some pipes in your home have a metal base and others are plastic. Factors such as temperature and pressure play a role in determining what kind of pipe is right in what areas.
It can tolerate extremely high heat, highly resistant to corrosion as well as not being prone to leaks. Copper pipes are used for hot water purposes generally because it can tolerate such high heat.
Are heavy duty pipes made of zinc-coated steel. They are slightly resistant to rust & corrosion and have a lifespan of usually 40 years.
They are not seen as often in homes due to being even more expensive than copper pipes but they do provide benefits if used. They are highly resistant to corrosion and are quite strong.
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride):
PVC pipe is a white, hard plastic pipe that has distinctive markings that identify the temperature rating and diameter. This type of piping does not corrode, rust or degrade over time and is not suitable for hot water systems.
CPVC (Chlorinated polyvinyl chlorine):
It is an inexpensive, rigid plastic pipe that can handle high temperatures and pressure applied to it.
PEX (Cross-linked polyethylene):
This pipe is more resistant to heat than a lot of other pipes. These pipes can take on hot and cold water systems. These pipes come in different colors usually blue being cold water and red being hot water.
PB (Grey Plastic Polybutylene):
This piping comes in a gray or beige color that is flexible. It is an inexpensive replacement for copper but is not used as much anymore because it is prone to leaks.
HDPE (High density polyethylene):
These types of pipes can carry basically anything from drinking water to hazardous waste due to being highly resistant to heat. These types of pipes come in long lengths where the joints are formed through heat fusion and are flexible making them a good choice for many plumbing applications.
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