What Are The Common Pipes Used In Building Construction?

Every building and structure is unique, but the one thing that is of common use in them is the usage of pipes within their intricate architectural designs. They are mainly used to transport water into parts of the building that need it as well as dispose any unwanted rainwater that comes from above ground. They are also used to dispose water from places such as water closets and washbasins, and to drain soil and wastewater to septic tanks or town sewers. The common types of pipes that are available in the market to suit the needs of the reasons mentioned above include plastic pipes, cast iron pipes, asbestos cement pipes, and concrete pipes. In this article, you will learn more about these common pipes and how they fit in building construction. Cast iron pipes Cast iron pipes and fitting are mainly used in the design of soil and rainwater disposal systems. They have a thicker wall than ductile iron and steel and yet still have a similar rate of corrosion to them. These pipes are either made by the spin cast process or the sand cast process. Sand cast pipes can be manufactured through the process of pouring cast iron in its molten form into sand moulds that are vertically mounted. Spun cast pipes, on the other hand, are produced by filling up a mould that is water-cooled and constantly revolving with molten grey cast iron. Plastic or PVC pipes There are mainly 3 different types of plastic pipes that are available in the market.

  • Unplasticized PVC, also known as rigid pipes, for usage with cold water.
  • Plasticized versions are usually plasticized with rubber. Its strength and working temperature is significantly lower than unplasticized PVC pipes.
  • For chlorinated PVC pipes, it is able to withstand higher temperatures that can go up to 1200C. These pipes are very strong and lightweight, and easy to install as they can be cut, shaped, welded and joined easily into a variety of styles.

Galvanized steel pipes. These pipes are typically manufactured from steel pipes. The galvanizing process deposits a thin coating of zinc, which protects it from corrosion. However, it corrodes easily if it carries brackish water, or if it is concealed in lime concrete and brickwork or buried under the ground. Stoneware pipes are cheap and extensively used as underground drainage pipes in low cost construction buildings. A good stoneware pipes is identified when it gives a sharp clear tone when struck with a light hammer. Asbestos cement pipes AC pipes are used for drainage of rainwater from roofs, soil and waste, as well as for ventilation. They come in two forms – one with beading around the socket (WB) and the other without beading around the socket (WOB). These pipes lie in the more affordable range and usually come in lengths of 3 metres. Concrete Unreinforced pipes of small diameters as well as reinforced and prestressed concrete pipes of large diameters are available for water supply and other uses. Smaller and unreinforced versions are used more for the drainage of rainwater. Pipes with larger diameters can be seen in major water supply works. These are just a few of the more common pipes that are used in buildings. If you are in need of drainage contractors in Perth, don’t hesitate to call BWC Civil at 08 6323 3540 or you can email them at info@bwccivil.com.au

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Every building and structure is unique, but the one thing that is of common use in them is the usage of pipes within their intricate architectural designs. They are mainly used to transport water into parts of the building that need it as well as dispose any unwanted rainwater that comes from above ground. They are also used to dispose water from places such as water closets and washbasins, and to drain soil and wastewater to septic tanks or town sewers.

The common types of pipes that are available in the market to suit the needs of the reasons mentioned above include plastic pipes, cast iron pipes, asbestos cement pipes, and concrete pipes. In this article, you will learn more about these common pipes and how they fit in building construction.

Cast iron pipes

Cast iron pipes and fitting are mainly used in the design of soil and rainwater disposal systems. They have a thicker wall than ductile iron and steel and yet still have a similar rate of corrosion to them. These pipes are either made by the spin cast process or the sand cast process. Sand cast pipes can be manufactured through the process of pouring cast iron in its molten form into sand moulds that are vertically mounted. Spun cast pipes, on the other hand, are produced by filling up a mould that is water-cooled and constantly revolving with molten grey cast iron.

Plastic or PVC pipes

There are mainly 3 different types of plastic pipes that are available in the market.

  • Unplasticized PVC, also known as rigid pipes, for usage with cold water.
  • Plasticized versions are usually plasticized with rubber. Its strength and working temperature is significantly lower than unplasticized PVC pipes.
  • For chlorinated PVC pipes, it is able to withstand higher temperatures that can go up to 1200

These pipes are very strong and lightweight, and easy to install as they can be cut, shaped, welded and joined easily into a variety of styles.

Galvanized steel pipes

These pipes are typically manufactured from steel pipes. The galvanizing process deposits a thin coating of zinc, which protects it from corrosion. However, it corrodes easily if it carries brackish water, or if it is concealed in lime concrete and brickwork or buried under the ground.

Stoneware pipes

Stoneware pipes are cheap. They are extensively used as underground drainage pipes in low cost construction buildings. A good stoneware pipes is identified when it gives a sharp clear tone when struck with a light hammer.

Asbestos cement pipes

AC pipes are used for drainage of rainwater from roofs, soil and waste, as well as for ventilation. They come in two forms – one with beading around the socket (WB) and the other without beading around the socket (WOB). These pipes lie in the more affordable range and usually come in lengths of 3 metres.

Concrete

Unreinforced pipes of small diameters as well as reinforced and prestressed concrete pipes of large diameters are available for water supply and other uses. Smaller and unreinforced versions are used more for the drainage of rainwater. Pipes with larger diameters can be seen in major water supply works.

These are just a few of the more common pipes that are used in buildings. If you are in need of drainage contractors in Perth, don’t hesitate to call Bradway Contracting at +61 8 9525 0080 or you can email them at bradwaycontracting@bigpond.com.