A. ABS Plastic Pipes
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) pipes are durable and resistant to water degradation and chemicals. They are commonly used in sewer systems and drain-waste-vent (DWV) pipe systems. They are also common in electrical insulation. Even though these pipes are durable, they are not recommended when there is too much sun exposure as they can deform when exposed. They’re not resistant to chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons as well.
B. PVC Pipes
Just like the ABS pipes, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes are resistant to most salts, acids, and alkalis. However, it is less durable as it’s intended to be softer and flexible than most plastic materials. They are also resistant to water degradation and can be used both above and below the ground.
C. PEX Pipes
PEX pipes are made from cross-linked polyethylene mainly for the purpose to make the material stronger. This material will then go through extrusion which you can use for a variety of applications. These will include hydronic radiant cooling and heating systems, building piping systems, and residential water piping. PEX is a flexible plastic material and is ideal for both cold and hot water supplies.
D. Copper Pipes
Copper pipes continue to be a preferred choice for a long time for a number of reasons. Some of these include durability, less prone to leaking, recyclable, and can withstand temperature fluctuations. The huge downsides of copper are it’s expensive and installation is complex.
E. Lead Pipes
Lead pipes are common in industries for their flexibility, malleability, and corrosion resistance. These industries include nuclear power plants, chemical plants, hydro and plating operations, and paper manufacturing industries. Due to several health issues, lead pipes are banned from residential use. However, you can still use them for drainage and vent systems.
F. Ductile Iron Pipes
Ductile iron is also one of the most preferred material for pipes for a number of reasons. Among these are ductility, durability, and corrosion resistance. Ductile iron pipes are widely used in process chemicals, sewage, and slurries.
G. Steel Pipes
Steel is probably the most well-known material for industrial applications including piping systems. It is known to be durable, versatile, reliable, and easy to install and maintain. Industries that use steel pipes include power plants, oil and gas industries, ship buildings, construction, and many others. The major drawback of steel is it’s prone to rust which means maintenance could be costly.