Choosing the right plumbing pipes for your facilities is not easy due to the multitude of options available. Each pipe material has its own specifications, uses and advantages. An expert will guide you better on what the best option is for your next project. Below are some commonly used plumbing materials that you can consider the next time you want to get the plumbing pipes on your commercial property replaced.
Stainless Steel Pipes
The hefty cost of stainless-steel pipes puts a damper on their popularity. However, these are an ideal choice for commercial property owners who want to get them installed in areas of the plumbing where corrosion resistance and strength are of the utmost importance.
Cast-iron fixtures are designed to withstand high pressure and carry large amounts of liquid, so they are often used for water distribution and as the main sewer lines in commercial buildings. Cast-iron pipes also offer superior noise-suppression and fire resistance capabilities, which is why they are an excellent fit for waste disposal in condominiums and apartment complexes.
Copper pipes are among the costliest plumbing options. However, their high durability and corrosion resistance are much greater than other metal options, which all but make up for the hefty price tag. In addition, copper plumbing is safe for both hot and cold water supplies and can withstand high pressure, making it an ideal option for underground service conduits and refrigerant lines in your commercial plumbing system.
Brass fixtures and pipes are corrosion-resistant and rust-proof, making them the most long-lasting and durable choice for commercial plumbing installations. They are also easier to thread than stainless steel pipes and can safely transport both hot and cold water.
Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes have a high tolerance for heat and cold, so they can be used for all types of water supply applications in a commercial facility. In addition, due to their high flexibility, they can be bent around obstacles for easier installation and replacement. However, PEX pipes are not suitable for outdoor use as they can react with UV light.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping is common for both residential and commercial applications. Like PEX pipes, PVC pipes also react to UV light and heat, restricting their application primarily to indoor and drainage purposes. However, unlike PEX pipes, PVC pipes will split or break in freezing temperatures. Also, since PVC pipes are rigid, they require fittings to achieve turns.
Chlorinated polyvinyl (CPVC) is an inexpensive choice that guarantees reliable performance in commercial buildings and facilities. They can withstand exposure to heat and are usually approved for transporting drinking water and other water supply applications. Yet like PVC pipes, CPVC can also burst when exposed to freezing temperatures.
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