Different Types of Plumbing Pipes Explained

Ever take a stroll down the plumbing aisle of your local home improvement store? If so, you’ve probably been greeted by an enormous section filled with different types of pipes. You may have wondered to yourself, “hmm.. I know I’ve seen of these throughout my home, but what are the differences between them and which one do I need if one of them springs a leak?”

Material                                        Important Information
CPVC
  • Most often used for carrying hot and cold water through homes
  • Can be used to replace copper piping in interior applications
  • Often found in 10- and 20-foot lengths and diameters of ½” up to 2”
PEX
  • Primary purpose is for carrying hot and cold water through residences
  • Easiest to maneuver around obstacles without using elbows or connections
  • Usually available in 100-ft rolls with diameters of ¼” to ¾”
PVC
  • Used for cold water applications only (commonly found in irrigation systems)
  • Available in 10- and 20-foot lengths and diameters of ½” to 2”
Copper
  • Can be used in hot or cold water applications
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Easily fits in tight spaces
  • Often found in 10- and 20-foot lengths and diameters of ½” up to 2”

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