There are several types of plumbing pipes for residential or commercial buildings. Plumbing pipes such as PEX (or Crosslinked Polyethylene), Copper and PVC are typically used, subject to their application and the site in which they are installed. Additionally, there are other plumbing pipe such as black, galvanized and brass. Here, we will have a look at the best applications for the most common used plumbing pipes:
Stainless Steel Pipes
Stainless steel often appear to be quite neat but it is quite costly. Stainless steel pipe are utilised in areas subject to corrosion and close to the coast. This pipe is available in both flexible and rigid forms and will require some special connexions to be attached to other types of pipes. It is available in various sizes and lengths, and are often mistaken for galvanized pipes.
PEX piping is a supple plastic piping that has become a popular choice in residential and small business applications. While slightly more expensive in initial costs, its minimal maintenance and fast installation makes it an excellent pipe for water distribution within a building. PEX piping offers a tremendously leak-free product offering advantages over copper piping.
Copper pipes are perhaps the most traditional plumbing pipe used due to their great duration and reliability. They offer more corrosion resistance, wonderfully used for hot and cold water, and is managed easily. However, the most significant factor to note before using copper piping is that it needs to be soldered together and it might necessitate additional fittings.
PVC plumbing pipes are often used for cold and hot drinkable water as well for sewage applications. PVC pipes differ in their thickness and configuration depending on the application where it will be used. For instance, pressure water pipes, are not the same as sewer pipes, and not the same as the ones used on storm drainage systems. Plastic plumbing products designed for drinkable water applications are usually designated with either "NSF-PW" or"NSF-61".
Galvanized Plumbing Pipes
Galvanized piping was used many years ago as the standard for residential projects. However, over time it is used less because rust can build up inside small diameter pipes. If the pipe is very old, then you can see water dripping from the tap with rust traces as the scale can break loose from the within the pipe. Galvanized pipes can be used to transport contaminated water or non-potable water.
Brass Pipes Used in Plumbing
Brass plumbing pipes offer great rust resistance piping, if it’s made of 67% to 85% copper. The best brass pipe grade is obtained when the alloy contains 85% copper and is called red brass pipe. Brass piping provides a long lasting material that does not rust in the interior and it does not causes friction losses inside the pipe. Brass plumbing pipes are easier to thread than steel pipes and excellent for hot-water and large distribution systems, such as pump fittings, water tanks, and wells. Brass pipe also tend to last longer than any other plumbing material. Brass pipe generally comes in 3.5m straight lengths.
Cast Iron Piping
Cast iron plumbing pipes are normally manufactured as “bell-and-spigot” and can also be found with threaded joints but are more costly than the bell and spigot one. These pipes are heavier than any other pipes, typically used for water distribution systems, or underground installation as the main pipe on drainage or sewer systems. The smallest size that normally is manufactures is a 10cm pipe, large enough to be used on residential applications. Cast iron pipe is heavy and must be braced while you assemble a joint.
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