The right pipe will efficiently carry water, waste and, on occasion, natural gas to and from your home. When the pipe cracks, a replacement is needed as soon as possible. With so many options on the market, selecting the right pipe is crucial. It’s not a decision to take lightly. Often, you’ll want to speak with a professional plumber on the matter.
Types of Piping
There are a few choice options regarding household plumbing, including:
- PEX – Useful for hot and cold water; interior pipes; easy to maneuver around obstructions; available in 100-foot rolls.
- PVC – Commonly used in irrigation systems; used for cold water applications primarily; available in 10- and 20-foot lengths
- Copper – Used with hot and cold water; lightweight and extremely durable; easily fits into place; available in 10- and 20-foot lengths.
- CPVC – Typically use for hot or cold-water applications in homes; often replaces copping piping; available in 10- and 20-foot lengths.
The Most Common Choices
PVC is one of the most commonly used pipes in a residential home. The white piping is mostly used for internal plumbing systems, not waste. The primary benefits of PVC are its affordability and versatility, with numerous fittings and sizes available to select. Overall, PVC is the right choice for home plumbing; the material does not rust or corrode. This means less money spent on replacements down the line.
Alternatively, copper piping has been the industry standard for most plumbing applications in the average household. The extended lifespan and increased durability make it a popular choice. However, copper has its drawbacks, and that is the price. Copper is expensive, and typically at risk for theft on a job site or vacant home.