Which Water System Pipe is Best?
When discussing piping in water systems, many do-it-yourselfers are suggested to use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) piping. While that’s a reliable option, others much rather choose to depend on copper piping.
The best option? It’s your call. All three have their advantages and benefits. It all just depends on you.
PVC pipes are very hard to damage, fairly close to indestructible, in fact. PVC pipes are made from a plastic-vinyl conglomerate, so rusting is nonexistent. PVC pipes are used in a lot of earthquake areas, so you know they will be dependable.
A lot of professionals will say PVCs are generally used for cold-water lines. CPVC pipes can be used for both hot and cold lines, a true advantage if you choose to go that route. CPVC pipes are more environmentally friendly than PVCs and have been known to withstand pressure ratings of 180 degrees.
Copper piping may be considered old-school, but it still is a winner to many professionals. Because of its durability and resistance to weather, copper piping offers a warranty that can last a lifetime, assuming installation is done correctly. Copper piping may be a little more expensive, but in the long run, it could be the more realistic choice. Some professions feel copper piping may add to a home’s resale value, which is never a bad thing.
If you have additional questions about selecting a water system pipe, contact our professionals at our Charlotte NC plumbing company.