Pipe Materials Used for Installing Plumbing

Here in King of Prussia, plumbing installation services use all manner of pipes. We have our share of very old houses here – some dating back to the Revolution – and with them comes piping that’s almost as old. Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on clay and iron pipes these days. Pipe materials used for installing plumbing come in a variety of forms, all of which are sturdy, reliable and designed to last.

Here’s a breakdown of the most common types:

  • PVC. PVC plastic pipes are white, and usually used for cold water. If you’ve ever done any gardening, then you’re likely familiar with them. They stand up well under pressure, though they don’t do well with hot water, since high temperatures tend to warp them.
  • Copper. Copper piping is versatile and strong, as well as capable of handling both hot and cold water with ease. They tend to cost more than plastic piping, but make up for it in durability.
  • Steel pipes. Steel pipes aren’t quite as versatile as copper pipes, but they resists rust and are usually used in large water lines and sewer lines leading to and from the household.
  • PEX. PEX is another form of plastic piping, this one much more heat resistant than PVC piping. Though they’ve been around for almost 100 years, advances in technology have made them more and more popular in recent years.
  • Polypipe. Polypipe is plastic and highly resistant to pressure, which means it usually carries water in an outdoor setting. It’s rarely seen above-ground in our area, since it is prone to freezing in the winter months.

A good plumber knows all of the pipe materials used for installing plumbing, and also knows which ones suit your circumstances and budget the best. In King of Prussia, pluming installation can be performed by the trained experts at Resolve Rooter. We’re familiar with every variety of piping and we know which type can be best applied to your circumstances. If you have a plumbing issue or need to install a new set of plumbing, give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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