Is PEX pipe good for plumbing?
Plumbing systems at home have different types of piping materials for different uses, from freshwater supply, waste drainage, irrigation, gas pipes for appliances, and so on depending on the application. The older plumbing system may be of cast iron and galvanized iron, while a new home will have plastic pipes of various types.
Water in sufficient quantity should be available at required locations to meet the various needs of occupants. Water is carried through pipes within the structure above or below the ground and in the same way, proper drainage facilities should be done to drain the wastewater through pipes.
Plastic pipes are also used in plumbing (such as PVC and CPVC) in the venting of high-efficiency condensing furnaces. Some of the most common types of plumbing piping materials found in homes for waste lines, water supply pipes, and natural gas supply are Cast iron for plumbing waste lines, PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride) for plumbing waste lines. Chromed brass for plumbing waste lines, Chromed copper for water supply lines, Galvanized iron for water supply lines, Copper (rigid and flexible) for water supply lines, CPVC (Chlorinated Poly-Vinyl Chloride) for water supply lines, PEX (Cross-linked Polyethylene) for water supply lines and Black iron for gas pipes.
Cast Iron pipes are used for sanitary waste drain pipe that is heavy and deadens the sound of flowing wastewater very well. They are rarely used in new construction, instead many use plastic PVC or ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) pipe. PVC pipes are used as waste line materials today as it is strong, chemical-resistant rigid pipe and is heat resistant.
Chromed Brass pipes are often used in place of PVC for exposed waste line applications, such as “P” traps or other drain traps where appearance is important. Chromed Copper pipes are generally used in places where water supply lines are exposed, such as supply tubing for toilets or pedestal sinks.
Galvanized Iron is a dull silver-grey rigid metal pipe that was once a popular method of plumbing water supply lines in the home, but as it gradually fails due to corrosion and rust, it is no longer commonly used and has been largely replaced with copper pipe or PEX plastic pipe.
Copper (Rigid and Flexible) are dull, copper-color metal pipes. They come in two types: rigid and flexible. The rigid type comes in several wall thicknesses: K, L, and M. Type M is the one normally used for water supply pipes. Copper has proven itself over the decades to be corrosion resistant and very reliable. Being a soft metal it can be easily cut and fabricated but is also prone to damage and may develop pinholes over time, and can rupture from frozen water in pipes. Because of the rising cost of copper, PEX, and CPVC pipes are used more frequently.
CPVC (Chlorinated Poly Vinyl Chloride) is an inexpensive rigid plastic that is designed to withstand high pressure and temperature. CPVC is used for hot and cold water supply piping. PEX (Cross-linked Polyethylene) pipes are strong and flexible, withstanding temperatures from below 32 F to 200 F. Unlike copper pipes they are corrosion resistant and do not develop pinholes. Because PEX is flexible and uses fewer connections and fittings, it is easier and faster to install. The reduced number of required fittings in a PEX system also reduces the possibility of leaks. PEX is a favorite among contractors installing new plumbing systems and plumbers making major upgrades to older systems. They are used in the water supply and in the radiant heating pipe.
Black Iron pipes look almost exactly like a galvanized iron pipe, except it is darker and specifically designed for gas applications. It is often used for feeding gas supply to the furnace, boiler, or water heater.
The material used for piping has been an important factor and is always necessary to know what type of piping is done in our home especially in older homes, we have to see whether it is time to replace outdated or deteriorated pipes with better piping materials. Even if we are building a new home we should know what type of piping has been installed.
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