Copper pipes are often recommended by plumbing professionals as they are strong, corrosion-resistant, and non-toxic. It is no accident that the same metal used for electric wires is ideal for water pipes (it’s also used for air conditioning, fire sprinklers, and medical gas delivery systems). To help you understand why, here are the major benefits of using copper piping in your home plumbing system.
Copper Pipes Are Durable
Able to tolerate pressures of up to 1,000 psi, this pipe material can last up to 70 years. The lifespan of any given pipe depends on use, climate, and water quality, although copper can tolerate the hottest summer temperatures to the most freezing winter conditions. As lightweight as it is, copper is extremely malleable. This means it can be bent into any shape without compromising its structural strength. Copper is fire-resistant as well, as it has a very high melting point and is non-combustible.
Copper Pipes Resist Rust
Rust and corrosion are not a problem with copper piping because it doesn’t contain iron. Copper is therefore a reliable choice for water pipes. It’s not that copper pipes can’t corrode; it just takes much longer for them to do so compared to other metals.
Copper Piping Is Non-Toxic
Copper pipes are safe for your home water supply and the environment; there are no harmful chemicals or other compounds. Lead, iron, steel, and even PVC pipes, on the other hand, can release toxins that are linked to major health problems. In addition, copper pipes can be recycled and don’t cause pollution at the end of their lifespan.
Copper Is Antimicrobial
The antimicrobial properties of copper allow it to kill bacteria, viruses, and other microbes upon contact. It can therefore help keep water in your plumbing system clean. Fewer pathogens mean a lower risk of illnesses spreading through the water system.
Copper Piping Is Cost-Effective
The cost of copper pipe installation is more than for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipes. But over the long term, it is generally less expensive. Copper usually requires fewer repairs and is low maintenance. It’s often considered a good long-term investment.
Drawbacks of Using Copper Piping
While there are numerous benefits to using copper piping, the material does have its disadvantages. Some of the drawbacks include:
- Copper pipes are expensive: Other low-cost materials such as PVC and PEX are commonly used because of their low up-front costs for homeowners who seek cheaper alternatives.
- Low resistance to acidity: If your water is acidic, it can cause issues with copper pipes. This can be problematic if you draw water from a well.
- Metallic flavor: Copper plumbing can add a slight metallic flavor to drinking water. Many people are turned off by this as the taste may be unpleasant.
There is a misconception that plumbing pipes must be made of only one material. Copper is versatile so it can also be used with other metals. Mixing two different pipe materials can be beneficial. A professional plumber can help choose a material that’s best suited for one part of your home and another material that better suits another part of your plumbing system. You can learn more about copper repiping by contacting your local plumbing service.
Contact Detour Plumbing
Detour Plumbing provides copper repiping service, copper pipe installation and repair, and emergency plumbing service to customers throughout Southern California. Our Santa Clarita plumbers are working during the coronavirus pandemic, protecting our staff and customers by practicing social distancing and using sanitizing equipment. For expert, no contact service to address all your copper piping needs, request service by calling 661-424-9820 today.