The Best Plumbing for Your Home – 5 Types to Consider
There are a number of plumbing pipe options that could be considered the best plumbing for residential or commercial properties. For examples, PEX, Copper and PVC pipes are two popular options, their usage varying depending on the location and application. Here are 5 types you should know about when evaluating your plumbing options.
Unquestionably one of the best plumbing options, copper plumbing has a long (since the 1960s), and proven history and many lines are still in place and working. Copper plumbing isn’t likely to leak, it’s durable, and the fittings typically remain tight. From an environmental standpoint, old copper pipes can be recycled, and they won’t pollute drinking water.
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes) plumbing doesn’t corrode, rust, or degrade with time and are considered one of the best plumbing options for sinks, bathtub drain lines, vent stacks and toilets. PVC pipes are also commonly used for the main water supply line to the home. PVC piping is also easy to work with and inexpensive. And has been approved for use with drinking water.
3. Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC)
This piping has a 40-year history of resilience, and it’s one of the easiest options for DIY projects because it doesn’t require any special tools to install. The piping can be cut using a handsaw then joined together using the company provided fittings and adhesives. CPVC isn’t regarded as an environmentally friendly product given that the manufacturing process is considered highly polluting and it isn’t recyclable. In addition, joining the sections of the piping together involves volatile chemical solvents. Having said that, once the piping is installed in the plumbing system, there aren’t many bad health effects when it comes to the quality of the water because CPVC contains additional chlorine.
4. PEX Pipes
Cross-Linked Polyethylene (PEX Pipes) are plastic pipes that are considered one of the best plumbing option for retrofits. PEX pipes are extremely versatile, they can easily snake through walls and can even extend across the home using just one piece of piping. These pipes can also be used for hot (they’re heat resistant) and cold-water supply. Because of how they are manufactured, a lot of environmentalists are concerned about the potential for the pipes to contaminate drinking water. That said, PEX piping has been approved for use in a number of the most stringent environmentally regulated states in the U.S.
5. Galvanized Steel
Modern residential properties don’t have galvanized pipes today. However, there’s a good chance that homes constructed between the 1930’s and 1980’s have them. Homes that still have galvanized pipes need to be re-piped to remove the lead in the piping. If not, lead can end up being released in the tap water, a result of corroded pipes. Copper, PVC and PEX pipes are typically used to replace galvanized steel pipes.
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