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Whether you are in a brand new contemporary home, or living in and loving your historical colonial gem, they all have pipes. And different pipe materials can make the difference between fresh clear water flow and the possibilities of leaks and rusty water.
Copper pipes: One of the most popular pipe options, it remains clean, doesn’t rust and is reliable for both hot and cold water delivery. Copper pipes can freeze and burst in low temperatures.
PEX Tubing: Made of cross-linked polyethylene, this new pipe resembles garden hosing but is very strong and flexible. It as reliable as copper but is much easier to work with because of its flexibility. It is very affordable. While PEX is not freeze proof, it is freeze-resistant because it can expand and contract during freezing temperatures
PVC: Polyvinyl Chloride pipe is used most commonly in drainpipes and vents. It is durable and reliable and available in many sizes. Inexpensive and popular, it resists root intrusion and is easy to repair.
Cast Iron Pipes: Reliable and tough, these pipes last forever and resist corrosion. Found mostly in older homes, these pipes can last forever. In today’s market, new cast iron pipes are more common in commercial applications.
Lead Pipes: With health concerns around lead poisoning, these pipes are no longer used today.
Galvanized Steel Pipes: After years of use, minerals from water can react with galvanized steel and cause scale and buildup
inside the pipe causing reduced water pressure and reduced volume of water flow. Older pipes can deteriorate, causing rust
and leaking. Orange or brown water can be a sign of galvanized steel pipes in your home.