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Plumbing Pipe Types: PVC, Galvanized and ABS

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the common pipe materials you’ll find in your home or building’s plumbing system. Plumbing pipes come in a variety of materials, plus have differing purposes or uses that are often determined by this material quality.

At Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric, we’re happy to help with all your plumbing needs, from basic services like understanding your pipe material or simple drain cleaning up to advanced projects like tub or shower repair. We’ll inform you of the qualities of any of your home or building’s pipe materials, plus any issues that might arise from it or suggestions we have on replacing certain older materials with better new ones. Today’s part two of our series will go over a few other popular types to be aware of.

PVC Piping

PVC piping, short for polyvinyl chloride piping, is a versatile piping option that’s used across several applications. Some of the most common are for sending water into fire sprinkler systems, vital components in many commercial buildings. It’s also used for various sewage applications.

PVC piping is highly cost-effective, and has quickly begun replacing many lead pipe formats around the globe. It’s incredibly durable, often lasting for up to 100 years, and is available in varying levels of thickness depending on the need. When required for drinking water situations, another common use, it can be specifically designed to meet local health requirements – and it’s also environmentally-friendly and easy to recycle.

Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized pipes, on the other hand, are made of steel that’s been dipped in a molten zinc coating for protection. The primary quality of galvanized pipes is their rust and corrosion resistance, which is created by this zinc coating, making these pipes enormously popular in areas where rust or other corrosion commonly take place.

Galvanized pipes, which became popular just after World War I, are less expensive and more durable than copper pipes. However, over many years, their corrosion resistance may wear down, allowing bits of rust into water – this must be an area you keep a careful eye on with assistance from our plumbers.

ABS Pipe

Finally, there’s ABS pipe, or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene pipe. This is most often found in various vent and drain line setups. ABS pipe is similar to PVC pipe, but is known to be stronger and also a bit softer in texture. It’s ideal for underground use and also for use in cold temperatures – however, on the flip side, certain building codes prohibit ABS pipe. In addition, it may warp or deform at certain high temperatures.

For more on the different kinds of pipe available for your plumbing needs, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric today.