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The Care and Feeding of your Pipes

June 02, 2021

The pipes in your home serve an important purpose: they deliver clean water and they carry out waste water. They are made of different materials, different sizes, and have different pros and cons. They all require regular

The Care and Feeding of your Pipes

The pipes in your home serve an important purpose: they deliver clean water and they carry out waste water. They are made of different materials, different sizes, and have different pros and cons. They all require regular maintenance to prevent blockages and leaks. Let’s explore some of the different kinds of pipes.

PEX, also called cross-linked poluethylene, is one of the newest and most popular kind of pipe on the market. It is used to supply water, and is rigid enough to handle the pressures of water supply, but flexible enough to route through walls, basements, ceilings, and crawlspaces. PEX is color-coded, red for hot and blue for cold. It can even be joined with copper pipe. However, due to its recent introduction to the market, it’s long-term capabilities are untested. It also cannot be recycled.

PVC pipe is used for drains or vents, and is lighter and easier to work with than steel pipe. It’s inexpensive and can be used for long runs, and its diameters marked on the pipe itself. Because it bonds with glue, this pipe cannot be unjoined and must be cut. They are also prone to leaking when installed improperly and will degrade when exposed to sunlight.

Copper pipe is most generally used for water supply lines. Copper pipe is a great choice because it does not come with any health risks. The best connection type for copper is solder. It handles heat well, stands up against pressure, and is even easy to recycle. However, it is more expensive than other types of pipe.

ABS pipe is primarily used as a vent or drain line. It resembles PVC except for that it is black and a little softer. It is stronger than PVC pipes, excellent for underground use, and works well in cold temperatures. However, it is often not permitted with building codes and warps in certain temperatures.

Galvanized Steel Pipe and Cast Iron are often found in older homes and are not installed very often anymore. They were used for decades for many purposes, including drainage, gas supply, water supply, and drainage. While it is still around for gas supply, it should never be used for water supply in new construction or remodeling projects. This kind of pipe eventually corrodes and blocks water flow, and may even pass lead into the water supply.

You can count on Aura to make sure your pipes are the right kind and in proper maintenance. Call Aura today!


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