Different plumbing pipes you should use in your home
If your home is about due for a plumbing upgrade, you have a few different options. Plumbing systems do need to be upgraded after a few decades, depending on the plumbing you already have installed. Here are a few of the different solutions available at your plumbing supply store.
PVC and CPVC Pipes
PVC pipes are affordable, easy to work with, and durable. They’re usually used to connect drains, such as for kitchen sinks and bathroom sinks, or toilets. If you’re doing any cold water at-home work, PVC is likely what you’re going to be using. However, PVC pipes can’t be used for hot water, so they’re not going to connect your water heater.
Comparatively, CPVC can be used for both cold water and hot water, and it’s more flexible than PVC piping. However, it can break apart during colder temperatures.
PEX pipes are a cold water and hot water pipe that’s flexible and easy to install. It’s usually used when you need to install new plumbing to replace old plumbing, because it can be installed without major disruption to your existing walls. However, some worry that it’s not environmentally-friendly.
Galvanized Steel Pipes
Galvanized pipes are rarely used anymore, as they are heavy and difficult to work with. If your home has galvanized steel pipes, it’s likely that you’re going to eventually need to replace them or reline them.
A reliable, light, easy to use type of pipe, copper pipes are often used for their versatility. They’re long-lasting and durable, but the most significant downside to copper piping is their cost. Some older types of copper pipe may also include lead.
If you’re going to be adding plumbing to your home, you need the right supplies. Contact Heieck Supply.