Unmarked or improperly marked pipes in buildings are dangerous. People and property can easily suffer needless damage because it’s not clear what a pipe contains.
For that reason, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) created a universal pipe color-coding system that quickly communicates what’s inside a pipe, which is useful to anyone from maintenance to architects to first responders.
In all, ASME references 10 pipe labels. Six color combinations are standard, and four are user-defined. The color of the pipe itself as well as the color of the text is important when decoding the color combinations.
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