In this post, we continue our Know Your Pipes series. Whether you plan to get help from Trenchless Replacement Specialists or think your ready for a do-it-yourself project, you need to know what type of pipes you have and need. Here, we’ll discuss plastic pipes and their variations, including PVC and PEX pipes.
You’ve probably heard of PVC pipes. PVC stands for Polyvinyl Chloride. PVC pipes are popular because they are inexpensive, lightweight, and much easier to work with than various types of metals, including steel and copper. These pipes can be connected using a special glue or epoxy. This makes it very easy, but it also means the adjoined sections can be susceptible to leaks. If changes in routing are necessary, the pipes will need to be cut. Because the material is so lightweight, a standard hacksaw will usually do the job.
Because of their low cost, it’s common to use PVC pipes for things like yard irrigation, where long runs are necessary.
A relatively new style is PEX or cross-linked polyethylene. PEX piping can only be used for water but is extremely flexible. This means it can easily be bent into shape to go anywhere in your home. It can run through, walls, ceilings, basements, and crawl spaces – wherever you need!
Just how flexible are PEX pipes? They can make 90-degree turns! So sturdy enough to handle water pressure, but flexible enough to go anywhere. If necessary, they can even attach to copper piping.
HOW WE CAN HELP WITH PLASTIC PIPES
Homes that use plastic piping make it more feasible that novice plumbers can do plumbing work themselves. However, even if you can do the actual work, it can be a good idea to hire a professional just to inspect your plumbing and offer some advice.