How to Pick the Right Plumbing Pipes for Your Home

Replacing your plumbing system’s pipes is a sure way to increase the lifespan of your system and save on unexpected repair jobs.

When you’re choosing which kind of pipe material to use for your home, it’s important to consider all the options–and when it’s time to make that decision.

Signs You Should Get New Pipes

Your plumbing system will give you signs that it’s time for a pipe replacement. Here is a list of ways to know this is the best option for your home.


  • Slow Draining Water – When your water drains slowly there is likely a clog somewhere in your pipes. There is a higher likelihood that clogs will form in your pipes if they are corroded.
  • Bad Smell To Your Water – Mildew and mold will cause your water to have a rancid smell to it. This can also be harmful to your health as these are toxic materials. Avoid consuming or using the water until your pipes have been replaced.
  • Water Looks Discolored – When pipes have corrosion present in them, they can cause your water to turn a brown or dark color. Pipe replacement is the only option for corroded pipes.
  • Decreased Water Pressure – If you’ve tried many DIY methods and even called in a plumber to fix your low water pressure but it continues to return, you likely have a clog or leak.
  • Pipes or Fixtures Are Leaking – If you notice water seeping out of a pipe or fixture or notice areas behind your walls or appliances feel damp, you have a leak. A pipe replacement is necessary to help fix this.

Types Of Pipe Materials

Every kind of piping material has unique benefits and traits. Here are the different pipe materials that are available when you are considering a pipe replacement.


Galvanized pipes used to be the normal pipe material used for home plumbing systems. They have a small diameter and are more susceptible to corrosion. Due to these reasons, they are no longer the go-to pipe material for residential homes.


Brass piping has less friction on the inside walls which will allow your water pressure to remain steady and they are rust-resistant. They are also known to be one of the longest-lasting pipe materials for plumbing systems. Usually, these kinds of pipes are used inside walls, for pump fittings, water tanks, and hot water distribution.


Copper piping has a vast number of benefits and is a common material for household plumbing systems. They handle extreme temperatures and temperature fluctuations very well, are corrosion-resistant, and durable.

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Although they are a good option for residential plumbing, they are not easy to install on your own. This is due to the pipes needing to be soldered together which a professional should handle. If other pipe materials are run along with copper, they require special fittings to attach the pipes.


PVC pipes are a great option for many different plumbing needs. They are available in various configurations and thicknesses, are cheaper to buy, and can easily be installed on your own. But keep in mind that PVC piping is not usually used as a permanent plumbing solution.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is considered to be a top-notch piping material. This is because they are very dependable, have high flexibility and durability, and are corrosion-resistant. They are most commonly used in vulnerable areas in the plumbing system and where it is more difficult to put insulation.

However, they do have a more complicated installation since they require special coupling to attach them to other pipes in the system. They are also a more expensive pipe material.

Cast Iron

The heaviest pipe material available is cast iron. While these are heavy-duty and durable pipes they are more commonly used in large or commercial buildings. They are typically used for areas in the plumbing system that are installed underground. For example, the main pipe or drainage system.

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PEX pipes are a great investment when it comes to piping material and are commonly used in residential areas and small businesses. They are a plastic material and have an easy installation process. If you’re wanting to install your pipes on your own this type of piping is recommended.

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However, PEX pipes do cost more than other kinds of piping materials so the upfront cost will be higher. They also cannot be used in outdoor plumbing as the UV rays from the sun will strip the outside layer of the pipe.

What To Do After You Choose Your New Plumbing Pipes

After you’ve decided what kind of pipe material will be best for your home’s plumbing system, you can contact a licensed professional for installation.

The Sierra Air team is ready to help get your pipe replacement going. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

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