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PEX, or cross-linked polyethylene, pipe is one of the newest and most popular pipes to hit the plumbing market. PEX is used only to supply water. PEX is a pipe that is rigid enough to withstand the pressures of water supply but flexible enough to weave throughout walls, ceilings, basements, and crawlspaces. PEX has made water-supply plumbing easier for do-it-yourselfers and professional plumbers.
PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, pipe is a drain or vent line type of plumbing pipe. PVC initially gained popularity because it was lighter and easier to work with than traditional galvanized steel pipe. PVC pipe is moderately easy to install and requires little more than a hacksaw and a miter box to cut. PVC glues together with solvents.
Besides, there are many other types of pipes such as PPR Pipe, PEX/ PERT/ PE Aluminium Pipe, Pure PEX/ PERT Pipe, etc. And pipes are alawys used together with fittings, for example, PPR Pipe and Fitting is a most commonly used material. Of course, fittings can also be devided into many types.