Plumbing Pipes - What Are They?

Simply put, plumbing is a system that ensures the flow of water, or any fluid, is even and consistent for adequate coverage of a wide range of applications. This system or arrangement uses various equipment like pipes, valves, tanks, fixtures, and other accessories to ensure the fluid flow is not disrupted.

Call it engineering or technology; today, our homes and workplaces can’t work smoothly without plumbing systems. Plumbing pipes are mainly tubes made of metal or plastic meant to carry treated freshwater or fluids. These pipes exist within and outside the building to maintain consistency in their flow.

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Types of Plumbing Pipes

MWe know there is a variety of everything we use today. From the clothes to the soap we wear, there is something for everyone in the store. However, the concept goes much deeper when discussing plumbing pipelines. As they say, a needle and a sword have sharpness in common but are meant to solve different problems, as are plumbing pipes. Not every pipe is meant to solve your purpose. Some are made to mark their history uniquely. Let’s check the types of plumbing pipes that have been used by the world so far:

  1. PVC Pipes: The name stands for Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes (PVC). It is traditionally used to connect toiletries like sinks, shower drains, and toilets. Being the first in line, their popularity also speaks for itself. They are durable, and if not prone to susceptible damage, they are capacious enough to last indefinitely.

  2. PEX Pipes: These pipes are also popular as ‘cross-linked polyethylene.’ Similar to our former introductory hero PVC Pipes, these are mostly used in water supply lines. But, these are comparatively flexible and more preferred by users.

  3. ABS Pipes: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene or ABS Pipes are the third most renowned pipes in the pipeline industry. Since they are black and can endure cold weather temperaments, they are popularly used in drain pipelines. But they can’t stand warm temperatures; if exposed to excessive sunlight, they might deteriorate very soon.

  4. Copper Pipes: Copper pipes are the most commonly used pipes in the history of plumbing systems. They can last over fifty years and can be found in tubs, sinks, shower pipes, etc. They are used in constructing both new and old homes as they are corrosion-resistant and can protect the water’s natural quality.

  5. Cast Iron Pipes: Cast iron and galvanized steel pipes are mostly found in newly constructed homes of the early twentieth century. These pipes are mostly used in sewer constructions and are prone to rust and corrosion. As a result, they can damage water quality and not be used in residential plumbing systems.

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PPR Pipes - The New Dynamics of the Plumbing Pipelines

Innovation is the key to modernism and adaptable change. PPR Pipes stand for Polypropylene Random Copolymer Pipes. These are made from an amazing blend of polypropylene and ethylene copolymers.

With the advancement of technology, today, PPR Pipes are the new hype of plumbing systems. They are high-tech plastic pipes for modern plumbing needs and stand at par with cold galvanized pipes for hot water systems.

Its most important features beat all other kinds of pipes in every way and are today's most recommended plumbing pipes. Here is how PPR Pipes are a better alternative to PVC Pipes; let’s begin:

  • Endurance: Toughness comes from endurance and durability. PPR Pipes win your hearts just by being the best at their identity. These plumbing pipes are resistant to corrosion, erosion, and scaling - the major reasons water quality gets poor. It stays the way it is for years without having to blink an eye!

  • Chemically inert: PPR Pipes are chemically inert, i.e., they are not chemically reactive to the substances they are physically exposed to. It ensures water flow, or any fluid, without compromising quality.

  • Reduced labor: PPR Pipes are mostly made of plastics, so you do not need to check the quality; you need less workforce for installation and reduced labor. There is no need for extra maintenance or added quality-check for these innovative pipes.

  • Less resistance: The wall resistance in the case of PPR Pipes is comparatively lesser. The inner wall is smooth and doesn’t freeze, and scaling isn’t easy for these. When added with reduced friction, these qualities make it an energy-saving and environmental-friendly option for all.

  • Thermal conductivity: This feature is comparatively low for PPR Pipes. It varies between 0.23 & 0.24 W/(m.k). The range is much smaller than metal pipes and can be directly used for residential and hot water systems.

PPR Plumbing Pipes At A Glance

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FAQs Around Plumbing Pipes

Which pipe is best for plumbing?

PPR Pipes are considered one of the best options for plumbing applications. It offers several advantages for plumbing systems. PPR pipes are known for their excellent thermal and chemical resistance, making them suitable for both hot and cold water supply systems. They are also highly durable, corrosion-resistant, and have a lifespan of more than 50 Years. Additionally, PPR pipes are easy to install due to their lightweight nature and fusion welding method.

When it comes to plumbing, PPR (Polypropylene Random Copolymer) pipes are considered one of the best choices for plumbing applications. PPR pipes are known for their excellent durability, corrosion resistance, and thermal stability. Additionally, PPR pipes have smooth inner surfaces, which help maintain the flow rate and reduce the accumulation of deposits or scale. Their flexibility and ease of installation also contribute to their popularity in the plumbing industry. For superior performance and reliability in plumbing projects, consider using KPT's PPR pipes.

PPR pipes are a popular choice for plumbing installations due to their durability, chemical resistance, and ease of installation.

Here are the steps to install PPR pipes for plumbing:

  1. Planning: Begin by planning the layout of your plumbing system, determining the pipe lengths, and identifying the necessary fittings.
  2. Preparation: Ensure that the PPR pipes and fittings are clean and free from any dirt or debris. Also, check the size and dimensions of the pipes and fittings to ensure compatibility.
  3. Cutting: Use a suitable cutting tool (such as a pipe cutter) to cut the PPR pipe to the desired length. Ensure that the cut is square and smooth to facilitate proper connections.
  4. Chamfering: After cutting the pipe, use a chamfering tool to bevel the outer edges of the pipe slightly. This chamfered edge will help in easier insertion and proper sealing during the jointing process.
  5. Pressure Testing: Once the plumbing system is installed, it is essential to conduct a pressure test to ensure there are no leaks. Close all the valves and fittings, and then fill the system with water or air under pressure. Monitor the system for any pressure drops or visible leaks. If any leaks are detected, make the necessary repairs or adjustments.

Remember to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and consult with a professional plumber for specific instructions, as the installation process may vary based on the specific PPR pipe and fittings you are using.

The size of the drain pipe required for house plumbing depends on the anticipated wastewater flow and the plumbing code in your area. In general, larger drain pipes are used for main sewer lines, while smaller pipes are used for branch lines within the house. Standard sizes for residential drain pipes typically range from 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) to 4 inches (10.2 cm) in diameter.

To determine the appropriate size for your house plumbing drain pipes, it is recommended to consult with a professional plumber or refer to your local building codes. Factors such as the number of fixtures, the distance of the drain line, and the expected wastewater volume should be considered to ensure proper drainage and avoid clogs or backups.

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