Different Pipe Options

Do you have any knowledge in regards to the materials and/or elements used in your plumbing pipes? If the answer is no, you may find yourself at a disadvantage.

The composition of your pipes is very important as it affects the plumbing system as a whole. In turn it could make a significant difference in its ability to last a lifetime, or its need for continuous attention and costs. Knowledge of different pipe options may prevent emergency plumbing services required, these include leaks and burst pipes. That is why researching on the different pipe options in and around your home, and ones that are available in the market is crucial. Continue reading below to find out more about lead, copper, steel or types of plastic used in your plumbing:

The Different Types of Elements Used for Pipes

Steel:
When manufacturers stopped using lead for creating pipes, the galvanized steel ones became very popular. They are very heavy duty and they usually last a long time; the only negative is that they always begin to rust in some time. This blocks the plumbing system and also reduced your waters’ quality. In the 1980s, the steel pipes stopped being so popular because of their weight and expense.

Lead:
Houses, build before 1930, most probably have lead pipes and those bring very dangerous contaminant agents into your drinking water. Don’t panic right away but consider sending your water to a laboratory to test it. If you see that the levels of lead are high, you should take short-term steps as flushing the water before drinking or using cold water only for cooking or drinking. And in the meantime, think about getting the pipes completely replaced or getting a lead filtration system installed, either of these options should be replaced by an expert plumber.

Copper:
They are one of the most popular options since the 1960s. Copper pipes are smaller in diameter, lighter than steel ones,last for a long time, and they are very easy to work with. The negatives of copper pipes are the expenses and the possible lead contamination that may occur with older pipes which can pose as a serious health threat. The copper pipes can also have pin leaks, most commonly if they are exposed to significant temperature fluctuations in long periods of time.

PEX:
The cross-linked polyethylene pipes are probably the most popular type of pipes to be used in the past 20 years. They are more expensive than PVC and they don’t come with the same questions regarding durability. They are very easy to install, they are flexible and are less expensive than copper pipes. This type of pipes is not suitable for outdoor plumbing as it degrades if put directly in the sunlight. But a positive is that because of their flexibility, they are less likely to burst if they freeze.

Research into these different pipe options will have benefits to your wallet and to your health. If you believe that you have a plumbing problem or you just want someone to inspect the condition of your pipes, don’t wait and call your professional plumber because they will be able to advise you on your system and the best solution to the problem.

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