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The Right Pipe for the Right Life

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by huntingtonbeachplumber No Comments

Choosing a pipe can be a tricky thing, especially if you do not know anything about what kind of pipe is useful for what kind of operation. Using the wrong pipe can lead to consequences that are anything but happy, and it will also increase your maintenance cost if something goes wrong. If you want to know the type of pipes available in the world or you are just plain curious about the pipes because you have nothing better to do, do read this article to the very end because this article will tell you all you need to know about all the pipes types.

Let us begin with the basic one: the stainless steel pipe

Stainless steel is like that exclusivity that not all people can have. It is good, yes, but it can also be too expensive for everybody’s liking. Behind that expensive price, however, lies an enduring pipe that can hold itself against corrosion and rust, making it the perfect choice of the pipe if you live near the sea or a coastal area. It can stand oxidation very well and it can last for years before it requires maintenance. You can get it in its flexible type or the rigid type, whatever you prefer.

I have to remind you though that it is pretty expensive to get this strong baby and that you usually do not need a pipe of this type unless you live near any brine-riddled area or if you just want to show off your pipe to your friends.


copper pipe

Next, unto the copper ones

It is a far drop of quality sure, but copper is still strong and you can mold it easily into any shapes that you want. With a bit of soldering here and there, you will get a plumbing system that can easily handle hot water and cold water alike. It will not corrode easily (but rust will still eat it like a thermite eats woods) and it is somehow strong.

Soldering is the hard part from this type of pipe, but everything can be done by learning.

PEX pipes are very popular for its flexibility

PEX pipes are made of plastic, and you can be sure that flexibility is the main selling factor that this type of pipe got. It is a good pipe that can handle hot and cold water in a good way and it is easy to install; you do not have to worry about making a leak in it unless you deliberately cut it with a scissor or stab it with a fork or something. It is a bit expensive, but not as expensive as the stainless one that is for sure.

The catch is you cannot use this pipe outside. Exposure to the sun will make the plastic melt, which will lead to leakage.

PVC, another ‘flexible’ pipe

I put marks on the word flexible because its flexibility does not come in its shape but in its usage. You can use PVC pipes for drainage, for sewerage, and even for potable water. The plastics are safe to use, of course, and it is cheap compared to the others.

The bad news is the more extensive you use this pipe, the easier it will corrode and the faster you will need to replace it.

Brass pipe

Brass pipe is the strongest pipe on this list because it can hold on to life for an amazing amount of years or even decades. It is only good for hot water though, so cold water lovers beware!

Galvanized pipes

This one was once the first option when it comes to a house plumbing system, but because it is susceptible to rust, people have opted out of using this. It is still a good and cheap pipe, but rust will be the main problem if you are using this one.

Iron pipes

Probably the biggest pipe on this list, this pipe is so heavy you will need a support in its installation. It is too big for house plumbing, but industrialist will love this pipe.

If you need more details of these pipe types, or simply want to discuss this, feel free to contact us. We are ready to be your assistance.

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