Plumbing with plastic pipes has gained considerable popularity within the United States over the past two decades and now accounts for more than half of the plumbing pipes bought by consumers each year. Used for both water supply and drainage, plastic pipes such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) have several advantages over traditional copper or galvanized pipes.
Plastic pipes can provide the following benefits:
- Cost efficiency: PVC and CPVC pipes, joints, and couplers can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of traditional metal pipes and, therefore, are much less expensive to purchase for both new construction and repairs. Plastic pipes are also much lighter than metal pipes and can be transported from manufacturer to store to home in greater volumes and at less cost, further increasing savings for consumers.
- Easier installation and repair: Unlike copper pipes which require the use of a blowtorch to solder joints and fittings together, plastic pipes can be installed with few tools and can be cemented together with relative ease. Through the use of gel-like plumbing cements and C/PVC primer, couplers and joints can be easily slid onto each other and fused into place. As such, homeowners do not require any soldering experience to repair cracked plastic pipes.
- Environmentally responsible: Copper and iron pipes are made from nonrenewable earth metals, whereas plastic pipes are made using a process that uses salt as a primary component – a virtually limitless resource. Excess, broken, or old plastic pipes may be recycled in many communities around the United States.
- Long-lasting: Metal pipes can corrode over time, leading to leaks, expensive maintenance, and the possibility of contaminated drinking water. Studies have shown that small amounts of copper in drinking water can contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Conversely, plastic pipes can resist corrosion and will not rust, even if they are buried deep underground or into a slab of concrete. Since they cannot corrode, plastic pipes also have a smaller likelihood of developing a buildup of lime and sediment which can block water flow.
- Energy efficient: Since plastic pipes are thicker than copper pipes and do not conduct heat as easily as metal, they provide much better insulation against heat loss, thereby reducing the amount of energy needed for hot water to reach the faucet. The reduced conductive qualities of plastic makes them far less susceptible to condensation, thereby making them resistant to freezing and cracking in cold weather.
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Whether you are looking to repipe your home or office with plastic pipes or
install plastic piping during new construction, our Columbia plumbers at Plumbing Solutions LLC have you covered. With high-quality workmanship and professionalism, we can handle any plumbing job you require at a fair price. To find out more about our plumbing services, we invite you to call us at (803) 618-4163 to request a service today.