The Different Plumbing Materials

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Different drain materials are used for different drain systems. Hence, reviewing each material carefully before choosing the most suitable material is important. As a plumber in Peoria, AZ, Emergency Master Plumbing & Air advises property owners to consult us when selecting the best drain materials for their water, gas and waste supply needs.

Below are the most common plumbing materials we work with.

PVC (Poly-Vinyl Chloride)

Poly-Vinyl Chloride (PVC) is one of the most common piping materials used in residential and commercial establishments. The material is strong, durable, and rigid, making it ideal for this use. PVC is also ideal for piping since the material is easy to work with in case of plumbing repairs. The material is mostly used for wastewater lines, drain traps, and vent pipes.


Copper pipes are common in supply lines leading to tubs, showers, and sinks, especially in residential water lines. The material is resistant to corrosion, which makes it suitable for protecting water quality. Our plumbing company typically utilizes copper pipes for drain and vent lines as well.

Cross- linked Polyethylene (PEX)

PEX is a piping material made of cross-linked high-density polyethylene polymer. The material is super strong, flexible, and resistant to corrosion, with high heat resistance to boot. Consequently, they are mostly used in water supply lines and radiant heating pipes.

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

The Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) materials on pipes are closely similar to PVC but can be identified by their black color. The material is resistant to chemicals and cold temperatures and is mostly used in piping vents and drain lines. ABS pipes are also applicable for outdoor plumbing and are widely available in case of emergency plumbing situations.

Chromed Brass

Chrome brass is a tubing material commonly used in place of PVC for exposed water lines. The appearance of the material is shiny, making it ideal for use in piping that requires aesthetics.

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