Metal vs. Plastic Piping | Roto-Rooter Lexington
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Metal vs. Plastic Piping | Roto-Rooter Lexington

These days, consumers are presented with many different piping options when it comes to updating their plumbing systems. Piping-material options may seem endless, so keep certain factors in mind when choosing. Call your local Lexington, South Carolina, Roto-Rooter for even more in-depth advice.

For now, here's what we can tell you about both plastic and metal pipes:


An important benefit of having plastic piping is that it resists corrosion, even when buried beneath concrete. Pipes are nontoxic, able to successfully carry waste water and less likely to develop buildup from hair, soap scum, food or other debris. These items can clog pipes or block water flow altogether. Additionally, plastic pipes won't rust, so they will last longer.

Here are six types of plastic pipes you can choose from:

  1. Grey plastic polybutylene (PB).

  2. Creamy plastic chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC).

  3. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

  4. Cross linked polyethylene (PEX).

  5. Acrylonitrite-butadiene-styrene (ABS).

  6. High density polyethylene (HDPE).


Metal pipes are strong and durable.. Some metal pipes are highly resistant to corrosion and rust, while others are only slightly resistant, yet both types can outlast your home. Although they are a bit more expensive than plastic pipes, it can be argued that they are more sustainable for the environment.

For more information on which pipe is more suitable for your home and climate conditions, contact your local Lexington Roto-Rooter professional today.

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