How to Pick the Right Plumbing Pipes for Your Home
You already know the importance of having a good, solid plumbing system. Choosing the right pipes for your home can help you save money on unexpected repairs and expand the life of your plumbing system. Here you will learn when you may need new pipes, the different kinds available, and the benefits of each.
When You Might Need New Pipes
There are some tell-tale signs that you need to replace your pipes. Here are a few ways to know this is the best option for your home.
- Water Drains Slowly - Pipes that are very corroded may cause your drains to stop unclogging, no matter how many times you’ve tried to fix them.
- Strange Odor To Your Water - If your water begins to have an odd, bad-smelling odor to it, there is a high chance that there is mold growth or bacteria building up inside your pipes. Avoid using this water until the problem has been fixed.
- Low Water Pressure - Typically this is caused by a leak or clog in your water pipes. If this is a consistent problem a pipe replacement can help resolve this issue.
- Discolored Water - Water discoloration, especially orange or brown tinted, is usually caused by pipe corrosion. The only fix for corrosion is to have a pipe replacement.
- Leaking Fixtures or Pipes - If you’ve noticed your water bill getting higher or any damp places behind walls and appliances, it’s likely that you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system.
What Pipe Options Are Available?
There are a variety of different types of pipes that you can choose from for your plumbing system. Each comes with its own benefits which may be better than others for your home’s needs.
Brass pipes are considered to be one of the longest-lasting kinds of pipes. This is because they are composed of zinc and copper and are basically rust-proof. They also don’t have friction issues inside the pipe so your water pressure will remain steady. Brass piping is best for walls, water tanks, hot-water distribution, and pump fittings.
Cast iron pipes are heavy-duty pipes commonly seen in large buildings. The primary use for cast iron pipes is drainage and the main pipe in underground installation.
Since PVC pipes come in various configurations and thicknesses, they can basically be used for any kind of plumbing need. These are a more cost-effective option as they are usually easy to install and cheaper than other kinds of plumbing pipes. Typically, these are not used as a permanent solution despite their wide range of applications.
The most traditional and commonly used material for home piping is copper. These make a great option if you’re looking for a strong pipe that is also highly corrosion-resistant. They have widespread use because they can handle temperature fluctuations and extreme temperatures.
But because copper pipes have to be soldered together, a licensed plumber will need to perform this kind of installation. If you want to use copper pipes alongside other kinds of materials, additional fittings will need to be used.
As far as pipe options go, stainless steel is considered to be the top-tier option. This is because it is known to be dependable, corrosion-resistant, durable, and flexible. The downside to having this material as your piping is that it is the more expensive option.
Typically, stainless steel pipes are used in vulnerable areas of the plumbing system where insulation is hard to place. Installation can also be difficult because stainless steel requires specific coupling to attach them to other pipes.
PEX is a type of plastic plumbing pipe that is commonly used in homes and smaller commercial buildings. The installation and maintenance are very easy, which can make all the difference if you are trying to install this on your own.
It does have a higher upfront cost but is a great investment in the long run. However, it is important to note that these kinds of pipes can only be used indoors as UV rays will damage the outside layer of the pipes.
These kinds of pipes used to be the normal, traditional type of pipe used in residential homes. However, as plumbing technology has advanced these have not been the go-to type of pipe to use. This is because the pipes have a small diameter which can cause low water pressure in your home. And the main problem seen with these kinds of pipes is the accumulation of rust.
What To Do After You Choose Your New Plumbing Pipes?
Now that you’ve learned everything about the different kinds of pipes you can make the decision that will be best for your home’s needs.
The Proskill team is ready to help you install your new system. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!