Pipes 101: Plumbing Pipes in your Harrisburg, PA home that are Plastic

Pipes 101: Plumbing Pipes in your Harrisburg, PA home that are Plastic

In ancient times plumbing pipes were once made of stone, wood, and Terra Cotta. Today, they are made of metal or plastic. The plumbing in your home is an organized maze, sometime colorful, of all different types of pipes that perform different jobs. Plastic pipes come in many different sizes, types, and colors. In today’s blog we are going to discuss the different types of plastic plumbing pipes commonly found in your Harrisburg, PA home or business. In the next blog we will discuss metal pipes.

The most common plastic plumbing pipe found in your Harrisburg, PA home or business are PVC and CPVC pipes. The difference between these two pipes is that CPVC pipes contain extra chlorination that allow them to transport hot water. PVC pipes cannot transport hot water because they would warp under hot water. CPVC pipes are more flexible, have less pipe leaks, and can be used for a variety of purposes that are similar to copper piping. Both pipes are used to carry water from the main source into the home. Some people are concerned about the chemicals in the materials of the pipes leaching into drinking water. A professional plumbing technician from Ready & Able plumbing can easily advise you on any risks and offer suggestions and solutions for clean, pure drinking water.

The least common type of plastic pipe found in homes today is ABS piping. This piping is normally found buried outside the home and is used to transport waste away from the home. It can also be found in bathrooms and mobile homes for venting, drains, and waste removal. These plastic pipes are black in color and very rigid and have very limited uses.

The newest plastic pipe that is growing in popularity is PEX piping. PEX piping has been around since the 1920’s but may be new to you. It has grown in popularity because of its easy installation and maintenance, cost effectiveness, heat resistance, and great flexibility. Because of its heat resistance and hose like flexibility it rarely leaks and resists buildup. Commonly used in water-based heating systems PEX piping is a great alternative to copper piping. It’s one limitation is that it cannot be used outside because it is sensitive to UV light. Also, some believe it is unattractive and may leach chemicals like PVC and CPVC pipes. Again, a plumbing expert from Ready & Able plumbing is able to tell you which pipes are best for which jobs.

The experts at Ready & Able plumbing, heating and cooling can size up any job and give you the information and options you need. And with free estimates, flat rate pricing, guarantees on our labor and products, 24/7 emergency service, and screened employees, you are guaranteed to have a good experience with our company. We are here to make your life easier and 100% customer satisfaction is what we strive for. For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit us on the web. And feel free to call us  717-963-2034 when problems arise or with any questions or concerns. Ready & Able plumbing, heating and cooling is ready to help you, anytime, anywhere!

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