For many decades, the most popular material for plumbing in both residential and commercial buildings was galvanized steel. Steel is durable and effective, and it was crucial for the revolution in indoor plumbing for homes. But it is now considered a less than ideal material because of its tendency to corrode over time. Modern plumbing has moved on to different materials for pipes, and in this post we will look over the most common types.
Whether you live in an older home that still has steel pipes, or if you have more modern materials, at some point you will need repiping services to keep your plumbing system working. For quality repiping and plumbing repair in Cherry Hill, NJ, look to SPS Mechanical Inc. You can consult with us regarding your best options for new pipe material.
Modern Pipe Replacement Materials:
- Copper: This was the first material to take the place of galvanized steel, and it is still very common. Copper is rigid and durable, won’t sag when stretched over a long space without supports, and is lightweight. Most important, copper is resistant to corrosion and lasts much longer than steel.
- CPVC: This is an abbreviation for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride. CPVC is a common type of plastic pipe that has become a popular option to replace copper. Like other plastic piping, it is flexible and easy to fit into any area of a house. Its main advantage over earlier PVC pipes is its increased heat resistance
- PEX: The most recent innovation in plastic piping, PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) is rapidly becoming the top choice for many plumbers. It costs less than copper, doesn’t require glue for connections like CPVC does, comes in colors to assist in clarifying plumbing systems for repairs, and has a life expectancy of 50 years.
When you need repiping in your home, it isn’t an all-or-nothing situation. Plumbers can use a variety of different pipe materials, depending on your specific needs. If you hire a plumbing contractor with skill and experience, you can feel secure that you will end up with the right pipe material to make your plumbing as trouble-free as possible.
Call SPS Mechanical Inc. today to talk about the repiping possibilities for your home. We take pride in our plumbing repair services in Cherry Hill, NJ.