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The Different Types of Plumbing Pipes and Their Uses

The average lifespan of a pipe is about 50 years. If your home’s plumbing is starting to show signs of wear and tear or has reached this life expectancy, replacing your pipes can be the key to preventing a plumbing catastrophe.

But with so many options available for pipe materials, choosing one may feel overwhelming. Not to mention that they should be selected depending on your home’s specific needs. When you need a replacement pipe or repiping of your entire home, our repipe specialist team at A-1 Total Service Plumbing has you covered.


Most communities allow for the installation of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) wastewater pipes. If your main drain or sewer lateral requires repiping in La Habra, CA, PVC offers a low cost and quick installation.


Copper pipes have the highest material cost out of all pipe types, but they also feature the longest lifespan. We recommend it for potable water lines, as this material doesn’t leach chemicals into drinking water. Copper repiping requires more time than other pipe replacement materials because of the need to carefully weld the pieces together.


We install ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) as a cost-effective replacement for cast iron and galvanized steel drain pipes. ABS looks like PVC but with a darker color. We recommend it for drain and plumbing vent replacement and repipe projects.


PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) pipes deliver water to fixtures in homes. Many homeowners choose copper PEX repiping because of its affordability and easy installation, especially in crawl spaces and within walls. Not all municipalities allow for the installation of PEX, and our team follows all local, state, and federal guidance on pipe replacement projects.

Our expert plumbers at A-1 Total Service Plumbing install only the highest quality pipes and materials. We stand behind our work and always recommend the best solution based on your home’s unique characteristics and budget. To learn more about whole house repiping or any of our other plumbing services, contact us today.

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