Plumbing can be a complex concept for property owners. There are a number of things to consider, but one aspect that many don’t think about is the different types of pipes and their functions. Like, which type of pipe is used for the water supply? Drainage? Or even the sewer line? That is why B&D Industries, Inc. has highlighted the 5 most common types of piping one would find on their property and what purpose they serve below.


PEX Pipes

PEX, or cross-linked polyethylene, is one of the newest and most popular types of plastic piping on the market. Property owners can find these types of pipes in their walls, ceilings, basements, and crawl spaces. It is a rigid pipe that’s sole purpose is to deliver a water supply, meaning its design must be able to withstand the supply’s pressure. It’s truly a remarkable pipe and an efficient way to deliver water supply to one’s property for an estimated 40 years.


PVC Pipes

Pipes made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, are often used in one’s sewer system. It’s primarily used in applications with low-temperature and low-pressure needs, such as toilets or sink drains. Unlike PEX piping, it’s not suitable for carrying hot water or a highly pressurized water supply. These pipes gained popularity due to their light size and are easier to work with than galvanized steel piping. Due to its heat resistance and strong plastic, PVC piping can last up to 40 years.


ABS Pipes

If you’ve ever seen black piping under your sink, tub, or toilet drain, it’s likely acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS, piping. It’s primarily used in drain, waste, and vent piping, and works very similarly to PVC piping. It’s less popular than its PVC counterparts mainly because it is slightly softer and sensitive to direct sunlight.


Copper Pipes

Copper piping has been used in commercial and home plumbing for decades. It’s a reliable pathway for one’s water supply because the metal does not affect the quality of water. The piping can be easily cut with a hacksaw or a special copper tube cutter; then, professionals can use a propane torch to efficiently install the piping. Typically, copper piping can last around 70-80 years because it can effectively resist corrosion.


Galvanized Steel and Cast Iron Pipes

If you live in an older home, you may have galvanized steel or cast iron pipes on the property. For decades, both were used for a property’s drainage, water supply, and gas supply system. While galvanized piping is still used for gas supply, it’s no longer used for water supply in new construction or remodel projects. Cast iron piping is no longer used either. It’s very heavy and difficult for professionals to cut. Not to mention, it rusts through its lining over time.


B&D Industries, Inc. Knows Pipes

For over 65 years, B&D Industries has been the go-to source for quality residential, commercial, and industrial services. With deep knowledge and a strong dedication to each client, our plumbing services ensure the success and longevity of all plumbing projects. If you’re in need of plumbing assistance, do not hesitate to contact us to learn how we can help.