Water Supply Lines are used to get water into your home. The material that is used to do this varies on the date your home was built; when you had pipes fixed in the past, and commonly used materials in your area. Some of these materials are not being used anymore and you might want to consider changing older piping.
The water supply lines use different materials. This helps to differentiate the waste pipes from the water supply pipe. These materials include:
- Chromed Copper
- Galvanized Iron
The chromed copper piping that you might find in your home is generally used for the appearance of the pipe. This would be the pipes that you might be able to see that brings in water to your home.
The galvanized iron pipes are grey and dull looking. The problem with this type of piping is that it tends to corrode over time and thus making it necessary in many cases to replace this piping material with another piping material. You might still see these pipes being used in older homes. These pipes are hard to cut through and might need special tools to be able to cut them. Being able to cut a pipe is important in case you have a burst pipe that will need to be replaced. You may need to cut piping to insert a new piece of piping. The less you are able to cut the pipe the longer it will take to repair.
There are two types of copper piping out there and those are rigid and flexible. Most people have seen copper pipe before at some point in time. This would be the piping material that is copper colored metal pipes. Copper pipe is known for not corroding over time. The problem that people find with the copper pipe is that it tends to develop pinhole which leads to water damage.
More and more frequently people are using CPVC pipes for their hot and cold water. CPVC stands for Chlorinated Poly Vinyl Chloride which is a plastic pipe that appears dull white. This piping is able to withstand high pressures and high temperatures. Generally you will find with this type of pipe material that it is easy enough to cut so if there is a problem you can get it fixed quickly.
The last water supply piping that we are going to look at is the PEX which stands for Cross-linked Polyethylene. PEX is generally a flexible tube that is blue for the cold water and red for the hot water. You need special tools to be able to cut this type of material. PEX is known for withstanding cold and hot temperatures.
Understanding the type of piping material that your home uses will help you to have a better understanding as to what you are going to be working with if you are doing repairs on your home. For those that need a professional that is familiar with a number of different piping materials feel free to:
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