Types of plumbing pipes

Whether you are doing the plumbing yourself, or you are about to hire the plumber, as a beginner, the experience can be quite confusing as there are plenty of pipes. If you do not know the types, you need to sit down and stop rushing things. The different types of pipes are used for different kinds of uses, and you have to know that.

PEX Pipe

The PEX pipe is one of the popular types of pipes to hit the market and it is a recent one. The task of the pipe is to supply water and it is fit enough to support the pressure of water, and also is flexible. It can weave through walls, basements, and other spaces. If you are going to do-it-yourself, then PEX is the kind of pipe for you. It is a highly flexible pipe, inexpensive, able to join with the copper pipe and cuts easily.

PEX Pipe

PVC Pipe

One of the reasons PVC gained popularity is that it is a lightweight pipe in comparison to the steel pipe. polyvinyl chloride or PVC is used for vent line or drain plumbing. It is easy to install and cut. It can also be used for irrigational purposes and is much easier to work with than the steel or copper pipes.

Rigid Copper Pipe

Even though the pipe is called Rigid, it can be bent to serve various plumbing purposes. It is the most common type of pipe uses for water supply within the home. It can be easily cut and is good for water supply as it has no negative effects on health. It can withstand intense water pressure, good with heat, flexible enough, and can be recycled.

Rigid Copper Pipe

ABS Pipe

ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a type of pipe that is used as a vent and drain plumbing. It is black and softer than PVC. The pipe has been made to cater to the underground needs and can work well at cold temperatures. It is stronger than the PVC pipes which makes it good for the underground exterior use.

Flexible Copper Pipe

It is used in some special things. Flexible copper pipe is used in water heaters, refrigerators, and sinks. It can be cut and bent with ease. It can be fitted easily around unusually shaped areas and has a high heat tolerance. It is a little expensive, but the benefits exceed the price.

Flexible Copper Pipe

Galvanized Steel Pipe and Cast Iron

These two pipe types are frequently used. Galvanized pipe was used for decades for drainage, water supply, gas supply, and other things. It is still used, but the occurrence is less compared to the older times. On the other hand, Cast Iron is used for drainage purposes, and you can still find it in many homes. It is difficult to cut. The rust is an issue with the pipe.


These are the main types of plumbing pipes used in plumbing, and if you are planning to do it yourself, the knowledge about pipes will help you a lot.

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