In new building construction, professional plumbers are hired to install the plumbing system; however, it does not mean that you are spared from making decisions. The plumber may ask your preferences whether you want copper pipes or CPVC pipes for the system. In North America, copper pipes have been in use for more than 70 years while CPVC pipes have become popular for the last 50 years. Each has their own advantages and drawbacks and it is important to be knowledgeable to ensure the integrity of the plumbing system.
Copper is a malleable and ductile metallic element that can be used for the electrical system as well as the plumbing system. Copper is corrosion resistant and waterproof and it does not pose the same risks as plastics. Because of its dependability, copper ensures compliance with local building codes.
CPVC on the other hand, is not universally accepted as an alternative to copper pipes even if it is significantly cheaper. People are also cautious about the use of plastics because of the presence of chemicals that may leech into drinking water. Although PCVC pipes are easier to cut and install, it has a higher potential to break when dropped or stepped on. Copper is definitely sturdier than PCVC because it does not require extra care in handling and storage. Another reason for the universal acceptance of copper is its recyclability although this can also be a drawback when copper pipes are left unattended in jobsites.
CPVC is facing the challenge of being less reliable because it is cheap. However, CPVC is 100% corrosion resistant and more energy efficient than copper. CPVC has improved thermal insulation properties that helps reduce condensation. Its insulating properties allow homeowners to be more energy efficient because water stays hot longer compared to copper piping.
Prior to the installation of your piping system, it is important to sit down and discuss your concerns with Richards Plumbing Services because copper pipes do not respond well to hard water, aggressive soil conditions and excessive water velocity in the piping line. It is important to weigh the benefits and drawbacks to ensure that the right choice of material was made.