Types of Pipes
The type of pipes you choose for your project depends on its purpose. Will it be for water supply, drain-waste-vent, or a gas line? There is no shortage of choices when it comes to plumbing pipes and it only begins with plastic vs. metal. PEX pipes vs. copper? How about CPVC vs. PEX?
One thing in common with all types of pipes is they need to be replaced as quickly as possible when they develop a leak or break. This guide will teach you about the types of pipes needed for your next project, how to measure pipes properly and the tools and materials to get the job done.
Refer to the tables below to learn more about some common types of pipes for water supply, natural gas and drainage use.
Tip: Before replacing or installing new pipes for water or gas, always consult local building codes and regulations. Some areas of the country require installation by a professional, while others dictate the types of pipes required for certain applications. Permits are not usually necessary for repair or replacement work, but they are required if you are running pipe in a new location. Always use extreme caution when working with gas lines.
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