We all know that pipes play an important role in getting water to and from your Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Boerne and the Surrounding Areas home. But many do not realize that there are many different types of pipe and that each pipe has different qualities that make it the right pipe or wrong pipe for the job. The two major categories of pipe are metal and plastic. In today’s blog we will define plastic pipes. In the next blog we will review metal pipes.

ABS and PolyPipe®

These pipes are black, rigid, and are mainly used to transport pressurized water and waste water away from the home. They are buried outside underground and are connected to metal pipes. They are also used in mobile homes and bathrooms for venting and drains.

PVC Pipe

PVC pipe cannot transfer hot water. Hot water will warp this pipe. PVC pipe is also very sensitive to cold weather. Cold weather may split this pipe so it needs to be insulated. PVC pipe is used to transport pressurized water to your home usually from the source.


CPVC pipe has been extra chlorinated and can handle cold as well as hot water. They are more flexible and similar in diameter to copper pipes. Because of this they can be used for more jobs.

PEX Pipe

PEX piping has become very popular plumbing pipe to use. They are flexible and hose like and can carry both hot and cold water. They are very heat resistant, easy to maintain, and are less likely to have buildup. PEX piping is often used to replace copper piping because it is very cost effective. Though not as attractive as copper piping, many more are choosing to use this piping that has been around since the 1920’s. PEX piping is also known for being energy efficient. It’s one major limitation is that it cannot be used outside because it is very UV sensitive.

Plastic piping has some strengths and weaknesses depending on the type of job you need it for. Many are concerned about the effects of plastic pipe on drinking water and this is something you should discuss with a professional plumber who understand the research and safety of pipes for specific jobs. If you have concerns about any of the pipes in your home feel free to call a Holloway plumbing expert with any of your questions. And make sure to check back for our next blog when we define the metal pipes you can find in your home and business.

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