Plumbing Guide: Different Types of Pipes

Monday, March 11th, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered what your drain pipes are made of, then this week’s blog post should interest you. We’ve created a brief guide to the different materials used in plumbing pipes. Your pipes are a crucial part of your wastewater disposal system; they are responsible for moving the waste water out of your home and into the main sewer line. If you think you might need your drains cleaned, repaired, or maintained, call an Orlando plumber at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

Here are some common drain pipe materials, starting with the more recent advancements in plumbing materials.

  • PVC. Perhaps the most common plastic piping, poly vinyl chloride is easy to install and a cost-effective option. It is becoming the plumbing construction standard, used widely for new drain pipes and replacements.
  • PEX. PEX stands for cross–linked polyethylene tubing, and it is ideal for drain pipes that are not easily accessed, such as behind a wall. PEX is a good option in these situations because it is made of a flexible plastic material that can be installed without ripping out the entire dry wall.
  • CPVC. Another flexible tubing option for domestic water systems, but not typically used for waste water.
  • Cast Iron. Cast iron piping is typically large in diameter with a slightly textured surface. It is a high quality sanitary waste pipe, and its heaviness and density often makes it an excellent choice for sound dampening. While extremely strong, it needs to be installed carefully, and often requires a special cutting tool.
  • Copper. While often found in rigid forms, flexible copper piping is also used in applications where pipes with harder materials are not an option. It’s easy to work with, resists corrosion, and it’s reliable. Despite the rise of PVC and ABS, copper remains an industry standard for a variety of plumbing applications.
  • Galvanized steel. The galvanization process makes this type of steel resistant to oxidation, which makes it less prone to rust. While not as popular as copper or PVC, it has a long life expectancy and is still widely used.

If you need drainpipe installation or repair, call the Orlando plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI)!

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