5 Types of Plumbing

  1. Pipe type: PEX

Polyethylene cross-linked pipe (PEX) is an inexpensive plastic hose that is popular for water supply lines because it does not show any signs of rust or corrosion in the water as some other types of pipes (e.g. , In galvanized) is known. . Easy to install too. Explaining, O’Brien said, “Its physical flexibility makes it easier and more flexible to operate than with more PVC pipes, and the ability to use multiple contact modes allows it to work with multiple tool options. Is.” Its color-coded construction is another plus for keeping plumbing organized. PEC tubes, such as Aponor Aquapex tubes (available from the supply house), come in three colors: red for hot water, blue for cold water, and white for hot or cold water.

  • Pipe type: PVC

Although conventional water supply lines deviate from a major water line and can supply water to multiple installations, the same PEX tube is connected directly to the hot or cold tap while the other end is centrally located water. Is multiplied by the distribution of, such as Vega. One of the many benefits of Mana block  Manifolds (available from the supply house) is that each PEC tube has its own closed shawl off, so you can easily water when you need to repair water without shutting off other installations. Can turn the sink to the faucet. The same PEX tube that runs multiple times to a fixture is called a “home run” connection.

Pipes made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are often used in household sewage systems. “DWV is a type of PVC pipe used in drainage, waste and ventilation systems,” says O’Brien. “It should be used in applications with low temperature and low pressure requirements,” meaning it is ideal for toilet drain line, but it can be used for high pressure water supply lines or for carrying hot water. Not suitable kitchen plumbing.

You usually find three-inch and four-inch PVC pipes and connections, such as this PVC DWV 90 degree elbow fitting (available from the supply house), in the main ducts and in the main vent stack of the house. Small PVC pipes, up to three inches long, are often used for sink drains and

vents to prevent air locks in duct pipes.

  • Pipe type: ABS

If you come across a black pipe in a sink, tub, or toilet drain, it is probably made of acrylonitrile butadiene strain (ABS). “ABS is another material commonly found in DWV systems, and it works in much the same way as PVC,” says O’Brien. Not surprisingly, ABS pipe comes in the same size as PVC pipe. However, these days it is far less popular in new construction. “It is slightly more durable in high impact events than PVC but cannot be exposed to direct sunlight.” A variety of ABS pipes and components such as Nabco P-Trap (available from the supply house) can be used to repair existing ABS drain, waste and drainage systems.

  • Pipes Type: Copper

Copper pipe has been in use for decades, so you’ll find it in old and new homes alike around sinks, showers, tubs and other fixtures. It is a preferred location for water supply lines as metal does not affect water quality.

The biggest caveat with copper plumbing, such as this obe inch street copper pipe from Kobe Wyland (available from the supply house), is that its installation requires a propane torch – the exact opposite of DIY. “If enough heat is not applied [to the joint], the solder will not go into the joint to form a proper seal,” explains O’Brien. “Even so, too much heat can block the proper seal of contact.” You need to hire a professional kitchen plumber to install or repair copper pipes in your home.

  • Pipe type: galvanized

Although galvanized pipe is no longer used in new construction, it was once widely used and can still be found in many older homes. “When the lead pipe was still there, it was a great option to go with galvanized pipe,” says O’Brien. If you have galvanized sewer and sewer pipes in your home, you can find replacement pipes and fittings at the supply house, including galvanized elbows and tea.

Over time, galvanized pipes tend to rust. Therefore, if you have galvanized water supply lines in your home, it is advisable to repaint them with copper or PEX lines to ensure clean and pure water supply. In the maintenance situation, PEC is often preferred because, as mentioned above, these tubes are flexible, which makes it easy to remove fish from the gaps inside the walls without removing the drywall.

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