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The Best Pipes For Your Bathroom Or Kitchen –Edmonton Plumber

The Best Pipes For Your Bathroom Or Kitchen –Edmonton Plumber

Choosing the right plumbing pipe is crucial for the longevity and performance of your system, especially in harsh weather conditions like those in Edmonton. We’ll help you determine the best type of pipe for your plumbing system.

What are the types of plumbing pipes?

Here’s an overview of each type of pipe commonly used in residential and commercial

  • PEX
  • ABS
  • PVC
  • Copper
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Cast Iron


PEX is short for cross-linked polyethylene, a flexible pipe material. It is used for water
supply and drain lines, as well as in radiant floor heating systems. It can replace older
metal pipes that are no longer working due to corrosion. It is flexible and easy to install,
and also resistant to corrosion and freezing.
The main advantage of PEX tubing is its flexibility which allows it to conform around
corners without crimping or kinking like metal pipes do, making it easy to install in tight
spaces like bathrooms, kitchens, or laundry rooms.


ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, a thermoplastic polymer that is often
used to create plumbing pipes due to its flexibility and durability. ABS pipes are usually
found in residential applications such as kitchen sinks and bathrooms. ABS piping is
used for drainage and venting systems in your home.


PVC pipes are made from polyvinyl chloride which makes them inexpensive but they
are not very durable and they may degrade over time when exposed to ultraviolet light
or other chemicals found in some cleaners and detergents. PVC is commonly used for
residential applications such as plumbing in the bathroom or kitchen because it’s
lightweight and easy to install.

Copper Pipes

Copper pipes have been used for water and gas lines since the early 1800s. They’re
still popular today because of their durability, resistance to corrosion, and ability to
conduct heat. Copper piping is typically used in residential homes for hot and cold water
supply lines, as well as for drain lines. The most common type of copper pipe is a solid
walled pipe with soldered fittings. It’s also available in a corrugated style that has a
ribbed wall for added strength.

Galvanized Steel Pipes

Steel pipes were used for water systems for years ago but are no longer recommended
due to the amount of labor required to install them. They will also corrode over time
resulting in reduced flow through the pipe.
Galvanized steel pipes are available in either rigid or corrugated styles (similar to
copper), but they tend to be more expensive than copper or cast iron pipes due to their
thicker walls and higher corrosion resistance requirements.

Cast Iron

Cast iron pipe is an excellent choice for outdoor or underground use because it’s very
durable and can last a long time. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to other
However, cast iron is susceptible to rust over time. This piping is more commonly used
in commercial applications.

What plumbing pipes last the longest?

PEX pipes are the most popular choice for new homes for potable water systems
because they last just as long as some of the metal pipes, but cost less.. PEX is also
more flexible than other types of pipes which makes it easier to install. It also has better
corrosion resistance and higher temperature tolerances than other types of pipe. PEX
also has two types – PEX “A” and PEX “B”.

Is PEX or PVC better?

When it comes to durability and longevity, PVC and PEX are both good choices. PEX is
a better choice for homes in colder climates like Edmonton and other parts of Alberta as
it has less joints in the water system resulting in a lower chance of flexing than PVC.

Do plumbing pipes need to be replaced?

The short answer is yes. Plumbing pipes can last for decades, but they don’t last
forever. As they age, they can become brittle and start to leak. Replacing these old
pipes with new ones helps prevent the risk of leaks and other issues down the road.
The best way to know is to check your pipes regularly for leaks and cracks. You can do
this by simply looking at the pipes and testing them with water or water pressure.
If there are any leaks or cracks, they will usually be visible, so you don’t have to get too
technical about it. If you do find any leaks or cracks in your pipes, call a plumber
because they can lead to bigger problems down the road.

How do I choose the right pipes for my home?

The right plumbing pipes for your home will depend on a number of factors. These
include the size of your home, the type of plumbing system you have (gravity or
pressure), the number of bathrooms, the layout of your floors and walls, and whether
you have any special requirements.
For homes and businesses in cold climates, the best plumbing pipe types would be
copper, PVC, and PEX.
If you need help choosing plumbing pipes or installing a new plumbing system, contact
us at Always Plumbing & Heating Ltd. We have been providing our clients with the best
possible service since 1998.
Our team of licensed and insured plumbers is trained to solve any plumbing issue you
might be having, from basic repairs to complex problems. We offer 24/7 emergency
services for all kinds of plumbing issues, and we’ll always get there fast—even if it’s 3
am on a Sunday!
Check out our website if you have a Poly B System in your home as this pipe has a
major tendency for failure.

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