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Comprehensive Guide to Types of Plumbing Pipes

By APT Plumbing Admin on 23 Dec 2022

Pipes are an indispensable item in the plumbing industry. But not all pipes are the same. Some pipes are better for drainage, while others are better for water transportation. If you are unsure what kind of pipe you need or are interested in understanding the differences in pipes, an APT Plumbing expert can explain this to you before they start a job.

The main types of pipes

There are several different kinds of plumbing pipe materials available in Australia. All have their own benefits and weaknesses. Some are preferred over others when it comes to plumbing.

APT Plumbers are ready around-the-clock to help clients who might need pipes changed or relined and have years of expertise in providing pipe relining solutions. Price is also something plumbers need to consider when undertaking a job, as some materials are better suited than others depending on precisely what the pipes are used for. Whether the pipes are being used indoor or outside in all the weather conditions, APT Plumbers can advise the best options for the job and work around a budget that fits in with your needs.

1. PVC Pipes

PVC, often known as polyvinyl chloride, is a strong and lightweight material. PVA is light, making it simple for plumbers to install. Since it can move enormous volumes of water at a high rate, this pipe is typically utilized for drainage. It has excellent insulation properties and works well for both heating and cooling. When constructing homes or pipe repairs, PVC piping is applied.

However, these benefits do come at a cost. PVC can be more expensive than other pipes to manufacture and maintain. Some other pipes are occasionally made from CPVC, which is chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, which has a slightly different temperature resistance.

2. Copper Pipes

Plumbing businesses in Sydney utilize copper pipes since they are strong and do not rust quickly. Copper is a conductor of heat, meaning it is perfect to use in hot water plumbing. The downside is that copper piping is expensive and often requires special tools and fittings for installation. APT Plumbing has the tools needed to install and is a recommended pipe relining company in Sydney.

3. Stainless Steel Pipes

Stainless steel pipes are made from metal and are strong and durable to withstand weather conditions. Their resistance to corrosion and heat makes them more durable for different water lines in plumbing.

Being stainless steel, they are more expensive than other types of plumbing materials as they are more durable.

4. Galvanised Steel Pipes

Galvanised Steel Pipes are made from steel and coated in zinc to add protection to them from corrosion and rust. They have the flexibility to be used in hot and cold water lines as they are lower to buy an easier to inspect compared to other kinds of pipes.

The downside to this pipe is that they can rust internally over time, thus making them a less obvious choice of material used in homes by plumbers for hard water.

5. ABS Pipes

ABS Pipes or acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene conduits are an alternative to other piping. While less expensive and easier to install, they also have an excellent flow rate, but they can only be used for vent and drain waste therefore are unable to be used outdoors as they are unable to be exposed to weather elements.

6. PEX Pipes

PEX is a type of plastic piping system that is easy to install. It is used in plumbing as it can withstand higher water pressure. However, PEX is less resilient than other types of pipes and is readily harmed by chemicals, intense heat, and UV radiation.

7. Polyethylene Pipes

Polyethylene pipes are made of plastic which is known as polyethylene. These pipes are used for their reliability. They are recyclable and environmentally friendly. These pipes can be used in areas that require long-term reliability as they do not corrode easily and are resistant to tuberculation.

8. Cast Iron Pipes

Cast Iron Piping is a strong metal pipe that is durable for plumbing. It is viable as it is heated and sound resistant, meaning the noise is minimal. The downside to this pipe is that it is tedious to install.

The disadvantage to cast iron pipes is that they are very susceptible to rust compared to all the others mentioned above. It is a maintenance job that will need to be monitored regularly.

APT Plumbing is available 24/7 for customers who need pipes replaced. They are a long standing- family ran business considered of the best plumbers in Sydney due to their commitment and flexibility to fit in with their customers.