You count on the fresh and clean water supply to deliver water safely to your Katy, TX home. It’s essential to your family’s health. You shouldn’t just concentrate on the water supply though.
Your plumbing pipes are an important part of the equation. Not all plumbing pipes are created equal, so it is a good idea to understand the implications and durability of some pipe materials vs. others.
Here Is What You Need to Know:
1. PEX Pipes
PEX pipes have become enormously popular with DIY folk recently and it is easy to see why. Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) is plastic that is treated so it is more pliable and durable. While it is used extensively all over the plumbing networks in many homes, it was originally developed for use in radiant floor heating.
Improvements over the years include the addition of antioxidants, which makes the pipes safe to deliver water to your fixtures for consumption. PEX is now used in the majority of homes in the U.S. at least in part of their plumbing pipes. They are easy for DIYers because they are color-coded to determine which carry hot and cold water.
2. Stainless Steel
One of the biggest weaknesses of plumbing pipes is the possibility of corrosion. Due to high water pressure, mineral build-up or age, pipes will eventually corrode and leak, causing costly water damage.
The real benefit of stainless steel pipes is not only their durability to plumbing leaks in general but how they are so resistant to corrosion. They are also less susceptible to damage from heat or UV light.
3. Brass Pipes
Brass pipes are popular because of their overall durability. They may cost a little more upfront to install, but their sturdy construction means less breakage and/or leaks over time.
They are a popular choice with builders. Brass pipes also add a nice aesthetic that other plumbing pipes do not.
4. Cast Iron Pipes
Cast iron plumbing pipes are popular in commercial buildings, particularly in industrial buildings where the water pressure may be significant. They are heavy to install (because they are so solidly constructed) and are made in shorter lengths to facilitate installation and repair.
Copper pipes are a go-to for many plumbing companies and home contractors. They are long-lasting and strong and work well in just about any type of home. Even though many homeowners have made the switch to PEX because of the lower cost, copper pipes are still a great choice.
Rely on the guidance of the professionals at Mercy Plumbing to determine which pipes best serve your budget and your needs. Choosing the right plumbing pipes could make a difference with your family’s health. Want to make a difference with your friends and family too? Share this article for their information.