4 Types of Pipe Used for Plumbing Repair

When you need plumbing repair in Cypress, you might be given options about the types of pipes used for the repair. Most of the time, your plumber will already have pipes in mind that will work best for the job. However, it’s nice to have a little knowledge about the types of pipes used in the plumbing industry.

Below are four types of pipes our plumbers at Cypress Discount Plumbing and Rooter use for residential projects.


This pipe material is also referred to as cross-linked polyethylene tubing, but we call it PEX for short. PEX is a flexible plastic pipe available in sizes from .25 inches – 1 inch. It’s a popular pipe material in the industry because it’s easy to install. It’s flexibility makes it easy to curve the material around corners and it can be bent to bypass structural obstacles. A huge benefit of PEX is that it means your pipes need fewer transition fittings, elbows, and joints.

PEX is a durable, flexible, and long-lasting pipe material that cost-effective for budget conscious homeowners.

Rigid Copper

It’s name says it all. Rigid copper pipes are the toughest pipes. They’re constructed from top-grade metals and can withstand very high water pressure. What many people find surprising is that it’s also quite flexible. Climates that get very cold in the winter do well with rigid copper piping because the material won’t break when water freezes inside of it.

Another benefit of rigid copper piping is its resistant to rust and decay. Homeowners don’t have to worry about water contamination due to corrosive pipes with this piping option.

Galvanized Steel or Cast Iron

Galvanized steel and cast iron are low-cost options for residential plumbing. This piping is used most often when plumbers install sewers and commercial drainage systems because of its affordability.

It’s important to mention that plumbers don’t exactly like cast iron because it’s difficult to install, and it’s the best product for residential systems. Eventually, cast iron decays and this can cause sewer problems for homeowners.

Galvanized steel is a better alternative to cast iron, but it’s hard for plumbers to work with. It’s harder and heavier than most pipes, which makes it difficult to cut and install.


PVC is short for polyvinyl chloride. This plastic tubing comes in large sizes up to 3-4 inches wide. Homeowners who want better drainage at their homes may choose to install these larger pipes for increased flow rates.

Like rigid copper, PVC can withstand high water pressure. Its flexibility also makes it easy to install.
Our plumbers also like this piping material will last for years without any problems.

Call Us to Discuss Pipe Replacement Options

Do you need pipe replacement in Cypress, CA? Call us today and schedule a consultation to speak with one of our plumbers about your options.

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