Plumbing Pipe Choices

If you peek inside the walls in your home, you might be surprised to see that there are several types of pipes used in your home or office plumbing. Citrus Heights residents may wonder why all the piping in their homes is not the same. Logically, it seems to make sense to stick with one type of pipe rather than having a different stretch. For most people, this logic does make sense. The truth, however, is that pipes are made from different materials to serve different plumbing purposes. The difference that can be made by your professional plumber.

Metal Pipes

Galvanized pipes look dull and grayish, and have been used in the plumbing industry for decades. They’re used for both hot and cold water from point A to point B. Typically speaking, they are most often used to carry water outside of your home of office. At one time, galvanized pipes were the most common type used in plumbing. Citrus Heights consumers can still find these pipes, but they are quickly becoming replaced with other types of plumbing pipes that are more universal and can therefore be used for more applications.

Copper pipes are considered to be the most common type of pipe used in today’s plumbing industry. Citrus Heights will no doubt find more copper piping than any other type in the walls, and underneath, the sinks of their homes and businesses. These pipes are most often used to carry water from one place in your home to another. They are sufficient for both hot and cold water supply, and are highly resistant to corrosion. The downside of copper piping is that it has become very expensive in today’s market, and requires soldering in order to be installed.

Other types of metal pipes include stainless steel and black iron. Stainless steel pipes are quite expensive to purchase but they are ideal for highly corrosive areas. Black iron pipes are also expensive, and are only used to carry gas.

You may also see plastic pipes in your plumbing. Citrus Heights consumers should know that even though these pipes are suitable for both hot and cold water, they are not resistant to freezing temperatures, and can crack or burst if they become too cold. They do, however, have a long life, and installing them doesn’t require nearly as many joints which saves even more money.