2 Kinds Of Piping You Can Choose For Your Plumbing

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When you are replumbing your house, there are all kinds of pipes that you can choose from. Each of them has its benefits and disadvantages. When you talk to your plumber, they will be able to tell you what will work for you and which ones you might want to avoid. So, what are some of the choices you have to look at?

Cast-Iron Piping

Cast iron is a relatively crude form of iron. When it is made, it's made from pig iron, which is produced pretty early in the iron-smelting process. Cast iron has a relatively high carbon content, which makes it brittle but also means it has a pretty low melting point, which makes it easy to work with. It has been used as piping for water and sewers for many years. It's still a choice for a lot of places. One of the drawbacks to using this kind of iron is the fact that it's heavy, so it is only cut into small lengths and there have to be a lot of pieces if there is a long pipe run. However, it doesn't wear out quickly, and it will stand up to a lot of use, which means that it can last for decades before it needs to be replaced and is why it's still often used in municipal uses. 

PVC Piping

Polyvinyl chloride piping has become very popular in plumbing for a lot of reasons. One of them is the fact that it is really light, which means that it can be cut into a variety of sizes, making it easy to use PVC pipes for long piping runs in houses or to and from water sources and wastewater solutions. Another benefit to using PVC pipes for your plumbing is that it is relatively easy to replace if there is a problem with it. Because of the fact that it's a kind of plastic, if a leak does develop, it's easy to cut out the damaged area, get new connectors and the appropriate pipe length, and connect it to the rest of the pipes. There isn't any soldering that needs to be done to install the replacement pipes. 

If you are trying to decide what kind of pipes you want to have in your new house, there are a lot of choices out there that you can choose from. There are benefits and drawbacks to whichever choice you make. Learn more about PVC and cast-iron piping from a local plumber.

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