Knowing how to distinguish types of pipes and their uses are vital in maintaining your plumbing and knowing the right repair when the need arises. There are many types of pipes that are being used for plumbing. Did you know that some pipes cannot be used for water?
It can get really confusing, especially if you are not familiar with plumbing, and the consequences of getting it wrong can be devastating. To give you an idea of the different pipes used for plumbing, we have compiled the most common types used so you will know the right one for your next project.
This type of pipe is easily recognised as it is the most common used for drain lines. PVC is usually white or cream coloured. This type of pipe is popular in drain lines because it is strong, untouchable by chemicals, and can last for a long time. There are two types of PVC pipes, the PVC water pipe and the PVC drain pipe. The PVC drain pipe is made from thinner material and lighter than the PVC water pipe.
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is the type of pipe commonly used in drain lines and vent lines. This pipe is popular in residential plumbing because it is readily available and relatively inexpensive. ABS can be installed indoors or outdoors. It can also be put above or below the ground. However, it is important to note that ABS may not hold up well if constantly exposed to the sun unless it has been treated with pigments that protect against UV radiation. If you are going to cut and glue ABS pipes, you must make sure that the glue you use is specifically for ABS pipes and not for PVC pipes. If it is a PVC glue, it will not hold.
- Polyethylene Gas Pipe
Polyethylene is the type of pipe most commonly used for underground gas lines. It is highly resistant to tough corrosive environments. Polyethylene comes in varying sizes and long rolls and can meet any gas pipe requirement.
Copper pipes resist corrosion so they are commonly used for water supply lines. It is a bit more expensive than plastic pipes, but copper pipes last for a long time. If you think that you are in need of copper pipes, you should also know that there are two types of copper pipes. First is the rigid copper, which comes in three levels of thickness. The thinnest, type M is strong enough for most residential places. The L and K types are thicker and mostly used in outdoor and drain installations.
The other copper pipe type is called flexible copper. This type can be seen in refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances needing water supply. Flexible copper as its name suggests can be easily bent but if it kinks, that part will need to be cut out and replaced.
- Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing
Stainless steel or Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) is most commonly used to run gas. It can be used in any location where there is a need to install rigid gas tubing.
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