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What to note while selecting plumbing pipes

A house or a building can never be complete without it's plumbing. Since almost 90% of the entire plumbing works are concealed underneath floors and walls it is extremely difficult to repair or replace them.

One must keep this in mind while selecting pipes for plumbing as well. P.V.C, C.P.V.C, P.P.R, A.S.T.M etc are commonly used plumbing pipes.

While it is recommended for waste water outlets and other general plumbings due to its low cost and high efficiency they are not so good at handling extreme hot or cold water. This is where the C.P.V.C, P.P.R and A.S.T.M pipes come into play. C.P.V.C pipes are yellow colored pipes usually recommended for solar and electronic water heaters and other hot water inlets. P.P.R pipes too are used for this purpose. One major difference between the two is that while C.P.V.C uses a solvent based installation P.P.R pipes uses a fusion welding based installation. A.S.T.M pipes are highly recommended for handling cold water inlets. These pipes can handle extreme temperatures and high water pressure without rupture. They also have slight fire resistant properties. These pipes are available in various grades based on their ability to withstand temperature and pressure. Normally a 2 floor house structures are atleast 20 to 30 feet high. This means that the pressure at 20 feet and 10 feet are entirely different and we may need to use high grade pipes on upper floors for showers and bathrooms. On common mistake that everyone makes is selecting the same materials for everywhere but this can only cause you serious financial loss in the future as replacing these concealed pipes requires a lot of time and money. One must select high grade pipes that are convenient for their need and should not make any compromise in quality. A good plumbing system is very necessary for an ideal home.


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