Underground water pipes have gone through constant temperature changes, shovel blows and are regularly exposed to water and moisture. Therefore, the underground pipes that you choose for your home should be made of hard and corrosion-resistant materials. You must ensure that the pipes you choose provide long-lasting service life.
Plumbers use different types of water pipes useful for underground supply systems. This mainly depends on the location and the supply pressure that the pipes will be exposed to. The most commonly used pipes are made of plastic and synthetic materials. You can consult an expert before installing underground water supply pipes.
Let us look at some of the different types of water pipes available in the market that can be used as underground water pipes.
- PVC Pipes– Polyvinyl chloride pipes are the top choice of most plumbers. Polyvinyl Chloride pipes, or PVC pipes, are the most used pipes for plumbing purposes. What makes them highly popular? The answer is their high tensile strength and durability. In addition, according to builders, using PVC pipes is better than using other kinds of metal or plastic pipes as PVC pipes are easier to install and are less expensive. They can be used to deliver water securely and safely both underground and above the ground. You can get PVC pipes in a variety of colours and types. However, the most common type of PVC pipe is the thin-walled and thick-walled PVC pipe. It is easier to connect PVC pipes using a gluign solvent or screws and other fittings. This makes PVC pipes highly popular to be used for residential as well as commercial piping applications.
- CPVC Pipes– Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride or CPVC pipe fittings can carry water both above the ground and underground. It is a plastic pipe that can easily withstand temperature changes and exposure to all kinds of pressures. Most CPVC fittings can function better in high temperatures than standard PVC pipes. This feature makes CPVC pipes popular for both hot and cold water supply applications and systems. CPVC pipes can be safely used for- transporting drinking water, and transporting industrial sewage and liquids. These pipes are corrosion and rust-resistant, making them a suitable choice for transporting drinking water. One main difference between CPVC pipes and other pipes is that CPVC pipes are corrosion-resistant and can easily withstand a high range of temperatures. This feature makes them a popular choice for transporting industrial and commercial liquids having high temperatures. These pipes are more flexible than PVC pipes as they contain plasticisers. However, since these pipes have chlorine in their composition, many homeowners believe that it affects the quality of water being transported and this makes them hesitant to get them installed. However, this is far from the truth. Chlorine affects the taste of water and does not affect its quality.
3. Copper pipes- Copper pipes are majorly used to connect underground water lines and systems. However, these pipes are stiff and rigid, making them unsuitable for underground piping systems. Moreover, copper pipes cannot handle corrosion and soil conditions very well, making them lose their quality with time and constant exposure. Plumbers try to shield copper pipes with synthetic covers and sleeves to prevent this. However, what puts them off the radar of most plumbers is their expensive cost price, which is way higher than PVC and CPVC pipes. The main difference between PVC pipes and copper pipes is that PVC pipes are recyclable, thus causing less harm to the environment. They are a sustainable choice for most plumbers. They are more environmentally friendly than most plastic pipes.
4. PEX: Polythene Tubing is a plastic water line suitable for both underground and above the ground supply systems. PEX is a flexible and corrosion-resistant material that can withstand extreme pressure. PEX can deal with high temperatures, pressures and other chemical changes underground. This makes PEX tubings a popular choice for most builders. Moreover, PEX tubings can be connected using threaded fittings and compressions. This puts them at an advantage over PVC pipes connected using glued fittings.
5. Unplasticized PVC (UPVC)- This pipe is manufactured without a plasticizer. On account of this, UPVC pipes are more rigid and are used for- transporting drinking and waste water, transporting industrial waste, and transporting sewage wastewater. UPVC pipes are lightweight and easy to install. Additionally, they are available at affordable rates in the market. Furthermore, they are highly durable, corrosion-resistant, and have high chemical resistance. These qualities make them a perfect choice for most plumbers who mainly use them for transporting underground water.