What gets a lot of people into trouble is the fact that there are many different types of plumbing.
How to Tell Pipes Apart
Let’s say you want to do a plumbing project. You want to add a guest bathroom. What type of pipes should you use? First off, you need to know that pipes are different from each other. There are different sizes, lengths and widths, and more. According to the site DUMMIES.COM: “The most common pipes used today are copper, PVC, or ABS. However, when dealing with older homes, you might encounter a number of other piping material. For example, homes built before 1960 used galvanized steel or cast iron DWV (drain/waste/vent) pipe systems.
Here’s a quick look at types of pipes commonly used in homes, beginning with the pipes used for DWV systems.
Cast iron: Commonly used before 1960 for the vertical drain, vent stacks, and sometimes the horizontal drain lines. Cast iron is durable, but can rust over time. Call a professional plumber to replace rusted sections with plastic (PVC or ABS) and the correct transition fittings.
Plastic: Plastic pipe comes as either ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) or PVC (polyvinyl-chloride). Most homes since mid-1970 have plastic pipes and fittings because it’s inexpensive and easy to use. Simply glue the joints using a primer and liquid cement.
ABS: This black pipe was the first plastic pipe to be used in residential plumbing. Today, many areas don’t allow ABS in new construction because joints can come loose. Check with your local plumbing inspector if you want to use ABS. [READ MORE]
Picking the Right Pipe for a Job
The reason you want to hire a plumber for your project may be as simple as facing a big learning curve. You have to pick the right pipe for the job and the wrong pipe could end up being a ticking time bomb up in your attic crawlspace, or under your slab.
So remember, for something as simple as it really is, plumbing can be complex at the same time. So cut through the complexity and call a local plumber in your area for help.
There are more types of pipes than what is covered here. Be sure to read part two as well.
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