5 Types Of Plumbing Pipe Materials (PVC, Copper, Galvanized Steel, PEX, ABS)

When choosing the pipes for your plumbing, you will have 5 main types of plumbing pipes on the market to choose from. Each has their different strengths and uses. It’s important to understand each type so that you can decide which is the right pipe for your home.

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At Ted and Bros, we are a full service plumbing business that helps homeowners with any plumbing issue from leaks to installing new plumbing pipes, also known as repiping

In this article, we define the most common types of plumbing pipes.

What Are The Most Common Types Of Plumbing Pipes Used In Homes?

PVC Plumbing Pipes

PVC is a thermoplastic plumbing pipe and is made of polyvinyl chloride. The best uses include water service lines and drain-waste-vent systems. It’s able to handle high water pressure making it ideal for a home’s main supply line. This type of piping can last 50-70 years. It’s preferred for its lightweight design that makes it easier to work with than a heavier pipe like galvanized steel.


Copper Plumbing Pipes

Copper plumbing pipes are a premium type of piping for water supply lines within the home. Copper pipes are known for their durability, sustainability, and resistance to corroding the water or freezing during cold winter months. While this type of pipe comes at a higher cost than other piping materials, copper plumbing pipes can last 50-70 years or longer.

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Galvanized Steel Plumbing Pipes

While galvanized steel pipe was once very commonly used for drainage, water supply, and gas supply, it now is only used for gas supply. It is no longer used as a water supply piping as it was discovered that the steel pipes will corrode overtime and become a health hazard. Galvanized steel plumbing pipes have been replaced for water supply by the other types of pipes mentioned in this article.

PEX Plumbing Pipes

PEX pipe is a newer material when it comes to plumbing. Made from polyethylene, PEX plumbing is flexible and does not corrode. As a less expensive alternative to other plumbing pipes such as copper, PEX piping is durable and can last for 50 years or longer.

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ABS Plumbing Pipes

ABS plumbing pipes are made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and are mainly used as a vent, waste and drain line. They are similar to PVC pipe except they are black in appearance and softer which makes them easier to install. ABS plumbing pipes have a typical life expectancy of 50-70 years, however, ABC plumbing is prohibited in some areas. Your local building code should be checked prior to installing ABC plumbing pipes.

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Choosing The Right Type Of Plumbing Pipe For Your Home

We understand choosing the right type of plumbing for your home can be a confusing decision. Ted & Bros Plumbing will help you decide which type of piping is best for your home based on your needs.

At Ted & Bros Plumbing, we use only premium materials and provide superior quality work that we can behind with a warranty. Looking to get started? We’re happy to help! Request a free estimate and someone will contact you within 24 hours. If you require immediate assistance, please feel free to call us at (714) 290-0080.