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The Pros and Cons of 5 Types of Plumbing Pipes

There are a variety of pipes, each having distinct advantages and disadvantages. There are instances where certain types of pipes are more appropriate in comparison to other types. This post will be focusing on the pipes that are used in residential plumbing, which means that some special-case components, such as black iron used for fire sprinkler systems, will need to be omitted.

Copper Pipes

It’s probably not right to group all forms or sizes of copper pipe with each other, given that they can be anywhere from 18mm to the size of 108mm (in the diameter) as well as from flexible to flexible, but it’s still copper.


A. You can live for about 50 years.

B. Flexible and long-lasting and resistant to rust, which minimizes the possibility of leaks in joints as well as within pipe walls.

C. Bacteria-resistant tolerates extreme heat and cold.


has a greater environmental impact than other materials that are relatively costly and cost less than one foot of copper pipe, running between $2 and $8.

Galvanized Steel Pipes

An old favorite with plumbers and contractors, however, it’s no longer considered to be a suitable choice for residential construction.


A. It is relatively inexpensive.

B. is rustproof thanks to the zinc coating.

C. The life span is 20–50 years.


A. Prone to lead contamination

B. Relatively massive

C. It is easy to break which can lead to fast rusting and damage if the galvanized zinc coating gets broken

PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Pipes

PVC pipes can be found in various dimensions and sizes that include their “NSF-PW” as well as the “NSF-61” label indicating the varieties that are designed for water-use.


A. The longest-lasting, indestructible to corrosion and rust

B. It is easy to join and transport due to its amazing weight

C. Very affordable cost per foot ranges between 0.50C/-$2Can deal with high-pressure flow


A. Not suited to temperatures of high temperature and can get heated by extremely hot water, and can even ignite when exposed flames

B. It is not suitable for small spaces due to the limited space available

CPVC (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) Pipes

CPVC pipes come in larger sizes and in thicker thicknesses than the counterpart, PVC


A. A. Almost all of the advantages are present in regular PVC and the capacity to handle higher temperatures (up up to 200)


A. It is more expensive than PVC

B. It is only suitable for use indoors as it’s insensitive to sun.

PEX (Cross-Linked Polyethylene) Pipes

PEX pipes are now the most popular piping standard among numerous construction as well as plumbing professional.


A. It has all the advantages of normal PVC and the benefit of flexibility and bendability that makes it easy to transport, store within tight spaces, and also to couple over large distances


A. The only one that is suitable for use indoors because it’s weak to ultraviolet light

B. It can leave a sour smell or taste in water that can could lead to some people thinking it’s not safe to consume however ongoing research indicates that it is not.

There’s plenty more to know about the pipes. If you’d like to speak to experts on this subject, make sure to contact Midwest Plumbing’s professional plumbing experts.