Top 3 pipes used for plumbing sector

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You have just married, you are becoming a dad, you are living alone, and your ceiling is dripping with water from the storage tank. This will cost you quite an amount of money without any quick response. Thus, damaging your family budget, or this month’s wage if you live alone. Moreover, you have to learn how to fix it to teach back to your children one day, a good dad should be able to replace a leaking pipe. If this is your idea and you still don’t know which kind of pipe to use, since the rest of the piping system has its imprinted name fade out with time. Here are some of the common pipes used in household and big building construction. Especially the ductile iron pipe Malaysia construction owners prefer due to its durability in different types of soil conditions. 

PVC Pipe

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Polyvinyl chloride pipe or PVC pipe might be the most common options among the wide variety of choices out there. The reason should be its appearance in almost anywhere with water bumping sections; they could be used as drainage pipes or vent pipes. They are the most user-friendly type of pipe, anyone could buy, carry and use it for multiple purposes, a normal hand saw and some construction glue – at any local repair tools supplier – could do the job. Due to easy production, their price is fairly affordable. However, once PVC is joined, it cannot be un-joined, and you will need to cut it. Glued PVC pipes can sometimes be prone to leaking.


  • Resistant to rust/corrosion
  • Could cope with high water pressure
  • Low cost
  • Easy installation
  • Multiple sizes and fittings
  • Strong and durable
  • Non-conductive


  • Cannot withstand hot water, it will deform PVC.
  • PVC degrades with UV light, sunlight will make your PVC pipe crumble and crack.
  • Not safe for drinking water.
  • Non-recyclable.

Cast Iron Pipe 

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Cast iron pipes might be the heaviest among plumbing pipes with most of them being manufactured in a bell and spigot form. However, they are durable and could be used combined or integrated with PVC pipes replacing some parts of a cast iron piping system. Nonetheless, due to their weights, people need to have additional support while installing the pipe. Some common applications of cast iron pipes are water distribution systems and underground installations, such as the main pipes on drainage and sewer systems. Moreover, they could be expensive and come along with threaded joints, it is also hard for people to cut or resize cast iron pipes. They could be used for water supply too. 


  • Durability
  • Long lasting
  • Could use in combination with other types of pipe
  • Safe for water supply


  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Hard to cast and deform for personal uses

Ductile iron pipe 

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Ductile iron pipe is made of ductile cast iron, used in water transportation and distribution. The only difference between traditional cast iron pipes and ductile iron pipes is the shape of the graphite. Having spherical graphite nodules rather than small flakes of graphite like traditional cast iron pipe makes a ductile iron pipe that could sometimes be called spheroidal iron or nodular cast iron. 

The ductile iron pipe could achieve a serving time of more than 100 years, which makes the pipe environmentally superior. Due to its longer service life, resilience, energy savings while in service, recycled content, and recyclability, ductile iron pipe Malaysia is slowly becoming a preferable choice for most Malaysian construction owners. 

This kind of pipe is resistant to corrosion in most soil conditions, if the soil is more aggressive, a V-Bio® enhanced polyethylene encasement wrapped around the pipe helps mitigate corrosive conditions. Cement-mortar lining on the inside increases the pipe’s resistance to corrosion, as well.

This kind of pipe material proved itself to be a better pipe material, being stronger and more fracture-resistant. However, like most ferrous materials, it is susceptible to corrosion and retains some brittle characteristics.


  • Long lasting than most pipes
  • Recyclable 
  • Resilience 
  • Resist corrosion
  • Fracture resistance


  • High price
  • Heavy
  • Hard to cast and deform for personal uses