Pipes & Fittings
Pipes & Fittings
When looking for plumbing pipes for repair or installation, you’ll want to consider the main types of pipe. These are as follows:
PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) - Used for water supply, it is flexible, colour coded for hot/cold supplies and easy to fit. PEX is the popular choice for repairs or new installations.
PVC (polyvinyl chloride) - used for drains and vent lines. It is easy to work with and a run of PVC can simply be bonded together with specialist solvents.
Rigid Copper - Water supply pipe used by professionals. Not so easy to use for the DIYer, rigid copper requires specialist cutters, and joints are soldered to form the plumbing.
ABS - If you come across ABS pipes in drain systems (it is very much like PVC, except it is black in colour), it may be worth replacing with PVC. ABS is now obsolete in plumbing codes.
Flexible Copper - Used for water supply, flexible copper usually covers short distances to supply fittings, especially where space and access are limited. It can be cut and bent to suit.
Galvanised Steel - Rarely used for new lines now, galvanised steel was historically the pipe used in water supply. Pipes are threaded and joined by screwing to specialist fittings.
Cast Iron - Cast iron piping is still found in drains, however, it is unlikely to be chosen for new installations. This type of pipe can be left in service until it rusts completely. New runs of PVC drain pipe can be joined to existing cast iron pipes.
At Direct Brand we stock a wide range of pipes and associated plumbing parts for repair or installation. Our products are like-for-like replacement components.