Most people don’t give much thought to the type of plumbing pipe running through their home. Galvanized steel pipes were common in the past but today there are better alternatives. Here’s a short guide to the different types of plumbing pipe available so that you can be informed regarding your Sarasota, Florida, home.
Copper pipes are metal pipes often used for water supply lines within the home. Copper is rigid and less flexible than plastic pipes. When fitting copper pipes, a hacksaw or special copper tube cutter is required to cut pipes and a professional is required to solder connections and join pipes. Copper pipes last a long time, do not rust easily, and handle heat well. The downside of copper pipes is that they can develop pinhole leaks which will need to be repaired by a plumber.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes became a popular alternative to galvanized steel pipes because they are lighter and easier to work with. PVC pipes are versatile and used as water supply pipes, sewer, vent, and drain pipes. PVC pipes are inexpensive, flexible, and connections are easily joined with solvent glues. PVC pipes don’t rust and they cope well with high water pressure.
Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe is the latest and most popular plumbing pipe used to supply water in homes today. These pipes are easy to install and are color-coded with red for hot water and blue for cold water. PEX pipes are strong enough to withstand high water pressure yet flexible enough to snake through walls, ceilings, basements, and crawlspaces. You can even join them with copper pipe. A drawback of PEX pipe is that outdoor usage is limited because UV rays can damage the plastic covering.
If old rusty pipes need replacing in your Sarasota home, Aqua Plumbing & Air provides quick and professional plumbing installation services. Call us at (941) 306-3715 for advice on the type of plumbing best suited to your home.
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