So it’s time to replace one or more of your home’s pipes. If you’ve never done any plumbing job before, you might be unfamiliar with the different types of pipe. Although many pipes are made of plastic, not all of them are the same. ABS and PVC are two of the most prevalent forms of plastic pipe. One type may be superior to the other depending on the job. Take a look at the list below for some pointers on which is the finest to utilize.

Before continuing, it is a good idea to verify your local building codes. Some locations have restrictions requiring the use of specific types of pipe, and in those cases, the selection is already determined!

ABS Pipes vs. PVC Pipes

Many of the primary distinctions between ABS and PVC are small or situational, but one difference is likely to jump out to many homeowners: ABS pipe contains BPA, whereas PVC pipe does not.

Bisphenol A, sometimes known as BPA, is a chemical that is widely used to harden the plastic. It may be found in a wide range of plastics, including food and water containers. While there is no proof that BPA is harmful to people, animal studies raise concerns about possible hormonal, neurological, and cardiological consequences, among other potential issues. The FDA has amended its BPA guidelines in recent years, but its current opinion is that BPA is safe at current levels found in foods.

Before you spend too much time debating whether ABS or PVC plastic pipe is better, you should be aware that your local government may have already made a decision for you. Some municipal construction standards require the use of one type of pipe over another for drainage, sewage, or other plumbing operations, while others leave the choice to plumbers and builders.

Plastic Pipes’ Strengths and Weaknesses

ABS and PVC pipes are easily distinguished by their color: ABS pipes are black, whereas PVC pipes are white. However, because pipes aren’t designed to be seen, plumbers are typically more interested in other characteristics. PVC is more flexible, for example, whereas ABS is tougher and more shock resistant. ABS is more resistant to extreme cold temperatures, however it can deform when exposed to bright sunshine. PVC is supposed to be more effective in dampening the sound of running water. The two varieties are priced equally in most North American regions. When there are considerable price disparities, it is generally due to high delivery costs for one variety.

Working with ABS or PVC Piping

The main difference when working with these materials is that the ABS pipe has a one-step method for joining pipes, whereas the PVC technique has two phases. ABS pipes may be bonded quickly using a specific cement block, while PVC pipe ends must first be coated with a purple primer before the cement can be applied. The primer is dirty and must completely dry before proceeding to the following stage, so it can add extra effort to a job. As a result, even when the pipes themselves are more expensive than PVC, ABS might be the most cost-effective option.

PVC Pipe Applications

It is critical to utilize the appropriate type of pipe for the work at a house or company. PVC pipes are often used in a variety of applications. It’s usually a better choice for interior use because it’s soundproof, so you won’t hear the water run through the pipe system. Regular schedule 40 PVC pipe (available here) is ideal for drainage and wastewater. PVC pipe, like ABS pipe, is utilized for drain, waste, and vent piping systems as well as electrical wire insulation. It’s flexible and long-lasting, making it an excellent choice for both experts and do-it-yourselfers.

ABS Piping Applications

ABS piping is a low-cost option for commercial and residential applications. It will not flake, peel, rot, disintegrate, fade, or leak until penetrated. It’s an excellent choice for usage outside, underground, in extreme cold, and in places where it won’t be exposed to direct sunlight. Plumbers frequently utilize it in drain, waste, and vent pipe systems. ABS pipe is also commonly used in sewage systems for drainage and electrical insulation.

When considering re-piping your property using plastic pipes. Call Caccia Plumbing and we will assist you evaluate which alternative pipe is ideal for you depending on the weather conditions in your location, the size of your property, and which special plumbing demands need to be satisfied. To make an appointment, please call (650) 342-5363.