When it comes to drainage pipes, there are a number of options available on the market, along with a number of previously used options that are no longer seen as fit for use. Understanding the type of piping that you have, as well as the piping that you need, will help ensure that you get the best possible results from your project.
Modern inspections of buildings will check for proper piping options and ensure that your home or business is safe, however older buildings may be using piping that needs to be updated. This generally only applies to metal and ceramic piping that was installed previously but can also apply to improperly laid modern piping. You can ask Drain Unblocking Leeds to know what type of pipe will fit to your drainage.
Old pipes were made of metal, which can leech into water supplies and is subject to corrosion, and ceramic that was not completely sealed. These generally comes in a slightly different gauge than modern piping, and a retrofit for them may cause you to incur additional costs.
However, many old pipes are still in use within drainage systems throughout the world, and they still serve their communities well and will not need to be replaced until they have been further damaged. The movement away from these materials has simply been a form of future proofing, rather than a need to completely change all piping as it has been lain.
Modern materials are mostly plastic based, with PVC being the most used in commercial piping. This material stands up well to pressure, is very easy to replace in small sections, have a low production cost, and is least likely to leech chemicals into the water going through the piping. They are extremely resistant to damage, and do not tend to come with large maintenance costs. They are generally considered to be the standard, but your builder may choose to go with other options for a variety of reason.
Concrete is another offering that is popular on the market. This is one of the oldest materials in use, and also one of the most reliable. Many systems will create a lining of concrete pipes and then add an additional layer of PVC piping inside to ensure structural integrity. The downsides are a lack of flexibility and a much more difficult replacement process. They are mostly used for in ground applications, however high demand buildings may also have them installed.
Polyethylene is the final commonly used type of piping. Known for being extremely flexible and easy to fit in any space, they are also easy to break and not often used for in demand locations. They come in the largest variety of shapes and sizes, allowing connections that would otherwise be impossible. They can sometimes be used only for small sections within larger systems, making it possible to connect previously unattached drainage systems.
Of those listed, PVC is the most likely material for your new build and the most cost effective. Unless you have a compelling reason to look outside of this piping type, our recommendation is to consider PVC. For builds where you are unsure of the overall pressure and demands or where you think there might be odd connections, talking with a licensed professional like JM JetWise may be appropriate.