Plumbing And Your Home’s Safety
There is no doubt that you love your family and your home. There is also no question about what you would do to protect both of them. It’s likely you’ve installed a security system or gotten a protection dog–maybe you’ve bought defensive weapons.
But have you thought about the safety of your home when it comes to its plumbing? We put together a list of the top 5 plumbing pipes for your home’s safety. Keep reading for more information!
Cross-Linked Polyethylene, AKA, PEX
PEX is a new-ish type of pipe that stands for cross-linked polyethylene. The name sounds much more complicated than it is. It was invented in the 1950s and is often used in canoes and kayaks.
The fact that it is used in these self-propelled boats shows that it is durable and trusted to hold up to the test of time.
Generally speaking, it is cheaper than copper and easier to install. Because it does not require any special glue, you will notice that it does not require ventilation during installation.
Stainless Steel–Super Strong
Stainless steel is pretty neat because it has a great strength to weight ratio. This means that extremely thin pipes can stand up to the weight of water making the installation process relatively easy.
There are numerous choices when it comes to the types of finishes available, making stainless steel pipes a great choice if any of them will be exposed. In addition, the fact that stainless steel pipes are made out of metal that won’t corrode, you will never deal with rust in your water.
Pretty Yet Functional: Brass Pipes
Brass pipes are a fantastic choice all the way around! They are beautiful, durable, malleable, and versatile. These pipes are not just heat resistant when transporting water but are also fire-proof.
Of course, you don’t want to think about your home catching fire, but it is good to know that these pipes will not release excess chemicals into the air. Brass pipes can be bent and shaped into almost any position needed and the maintenance required is minimal.
CPVC– PVC’s Big Brother
PVC is an acronym for Polyvinyl Chloride while CPVC stands for Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride. PVC pipes is not exactly heat resistant yet CPVC can withstand temperatures up to 200 degrees. CPVC is cost-effective, can be installed relatively easily, and won’t corrode as quickly as other types of pipe.
Cast Iron Pipes: Heavy Duty & Long-Lasting
Cast iron pipes may not be everyone’s first choice but they were the first and only choice for a number of decades before us. Although these pipes may not be a favorite anymore, they do have their benefits. This can include the fact that they are quiet, can withstand high volumes of water at high pressures, and will last (almost) forever.
Choosing The Best Pipes For Your Home
When you are ready to repipe your home, you will need to consider which type of pipes you will use. Although every type of pipe has its advantages, some will work better for your situation than others.
The only way to know which types of pipe will be advantageous is to call Arrow Plumbing. We can look at your current plumbing and account for the heat, weather, and other factors that can affect how long your pipes last as well as any corrosion that may be taking place.
Our goal is to keep your family’s water safe no matter the conditions! Take a minute to share this blog if you’ve enjoyed it!