Getting to Know Your Plumbing Materials: Pipes
Before you go out on your first plumbing leak service call, there are a few different things you need to know to get the job done right. The different kinds of pipes and their uses are an important component of any plumbing education.
While you’ll always have the right tool for the job, if you don’t have the right materials, you could find yourself with a bigger issue on your hands. Read on to learn the best uses for some of the most popular pipe options in residential plumbing.
When You Need it to Last, go With Cast Iron
As far as plumbing materials go - some of the oldest and most durable pipes out there are cast iron pipes.
Used for complete plumbing systems, cast iron pipes don’t deteriorate easily with water and have durable fittings that are functional even with natural gas.
If a home has an existing cast iron system, one of the few issues it can face is deterioration after 40-years or so, and the initial cost of investment. If you’re working on a whole home repiping, cast iron can be a great option for homeowners looking for long-lasting pipes.
Keep Things Looking Modern With Chromed Copper
For applications in bathrooms and kitchens, or any are where your plumbing lines are exposed, you’re going to want to opt for chromed copper.
These pipes give you the versatility and moldability of copper pipes, with the added perk of good looks. The chromed finish is ideal for that modern look, and also allows you to hide plumbing welds.
These pipes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, including the p-trap shape for behind toilets, allowing for easy access and installation.
Allow Versatility With PVC Piping
A plumber's best friend, PVC pipes have all the functionality of traditional pipes with a ton of customization for any plumbing situation.
Whether you’re installing an outdoor jacuzzi or an all new plumbing system inside the home, PVC pipes can be molded to your needs.
A major reason why they’re so popular is because of their low cost and the ability to cut them to fit any area. This allows for convenient installation, easy repairs, and customization of plumbing systems that work directly for your customers' needs.
How to Choose The Best Materials
When it comes right down to it, choosing the best materials for your plumbing services depends on your needs and the job at hand. You should always check with your customer to find out what issues they’ve been dealing with in their existing plumbing system, their needs and wants, and their budget. With this information and some exact measurements, you could have a plumbing system installed in no time.
Additionally, you should always go out of your way to learn on the job. With years of local expertise and skills honed by on-hand experience, you’ll know exactly what pipe works for what repair in no time!