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Types Of Piping Plumbers Use

Choosing the right type of piping is easier said than done and requires expert advice. Spartan Plumbing has helped thousands of plumbing clients and is more than happy to help you as well. Here’s a deeper look into each type of piping and which one is better.

PVC Piping


PVC refers to Polymerized Vinyl Chloride (Unchlorinated) and is a robust thermoplastic polymer. In general, this type of piping doesn’t have nationwide approval for “potable” water. This has to do with the type of material that it’s made of and how resistant it is. The material is chemically resistant and biologically resistant making it an ideal solution for garden irrigation supply lines, landscaping setups, and swimming pools to name a few.

Based on current standards, certain U.S. states do not regulate the use of this piping especially compared to options such as copper. It’s best to speak to a qualified professional to learn more about this before moving forward.

PVC piping does have its advantages as the material is non-metallic and a unique alternative to other options. It is never going to corrode, pit, or scale.

PEX Piping


This type of piping refers to PolyEthelene and is often seen being used as supply pipes. For a more purposeful use case, PEX piping is put into residential and/or commercial irrigation systems for optimal results.

In general, PEX acts as a cross-linked polyethylene and is put together during the formation of polyethylene molecules. Due to their “cross-linked” nature, PEX piping is well-regarded for being durable, versatile, and consistent under different temperatures (including extremes). This can make PEX a good fit for hot water setups. PEX can often be seen as a replacement when it comes to traditional piping and/or copper.

ABX Piping

ABX piping refers to Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and is often used for potable water, chemicals, and slurries. In additional, ABX can also be used for compressed airline systems and chilled water systems. Its main benefits are consistency, durability, and overall versatility.


Copper Piping

Copper is a metallic element and is noted for its reddish-brown appearance. The element is malleable, ductile, and can act as a world-class conductor within electrical setups. The material is often seen being used for water piping, electrical wiring, and other related projects.

When it comes to plumbing, copper is one of the top materials in the world and has a positive reputation among experts. Its reputation revolves around trustworthy longevity in residential and commercial properties due to the built-in advantages of copper. These benefits include resistance to corrosion, weight, durability, and natural versatility (rigid vs. semi-rigid). Copper piping is easy to rely on and works well in all states. It is an approved plumbing material around the planet.

Copper is also used for potable water, natural-gas supply, drainage systems, high-pressure steam setups, and more. This makes it incredibly useful when put into high leverage situations with ongoing water use.

Which One Is Better?

Spartan Plumbing is a proud supporter of all high-quality piping solutions but appreciates the value of copper. This is one of the most versatile and effective materials on the planet and is respected for its consistency.

If the goal is to put together a robust plumbing solution then copper piping is always an ideal fit. Please note, it’s always smarter to learn more about each piping option by speaking to a trusted specialist at Spartan Plumbing.

For more information on which piping is best suited for the property and its needs, please take the time to speak to a qualified plumber from Spartan Plumbing. The specialist will be able to assess the property, its current piping setup, and what needs to be done for long-term efficiency.

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