Is plastic piping as good as copper?

Disadvantages of copper pipes

And now comes the important question: Which material do we choose for the installation of pipes in our houses? Which one is the best? Both copper and PVC are equally suitable for use, comply with current regulations and have similar qualities. They also have differences:

In Cubacas Extracciones we frequently perform services of unclogging and evacuation of sewage, copper pipes, PVC and other plastics, as we are specialized in all types of materials and installations.

Copper water pipe

Pipes are the element through which the water supply is obtained. In order for the water to be correctly channeled, the pipes must be resistant and prevent the possible incursion of bacteria into their structure. Added to this is a new factor: sustainability. With all these factors in mind, copper pipes offer an economical, safe and recyclable alternative for such a basic service.

Plastic is known to allow contaminants to enter subway facilities. For example, organics, petroleum products and pesticides can penetrate through the pipe and reach the water running through the system.

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Because of its superior strength, this durable and malleable metal has the ability to withstand high pressures without failure. Also, copper does not deteriorate when exposed to ultraviolet rays or oxidizing disinfectants such as chlorine, chloramine or chlorine dioxide.

When replacing a pipe line, copper can be recycled into another pipe or product made of the same material without losing its properties. Regardless of how long it has been buried or in service, copper will retain its value. Its long life cycle, combined with the ease of recycling and the fact that it maintains exactly the same purity, make this metal a truly sustainable piping material.

Copper piping advantages and disadvantages

In this video they explain the differences between copper and cross-linked polyethylene. They are trying to elucidate which type of piping is better for renovations. Although the video is in English some of the ideas they give are:

The truth is that many people have a need to establish in absolute terms which is better. I am a big advocate that there is almost nothing better from an absolute point of view. There are a multitude of points to consider in making the right engineering decision. Cross-linked polyethylene is a great pipe, it is the best pipe to use in many instances, but it is not capable of replacing copper in all cases.

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For example, solar energy installations are almost exclusively a field for copper piping. The temperatures that the water reaches are so high that it would greatly shorten the lifetime of plastic pipes.

I am always defending the high qualification of our installation companies. I know extensively the sector of the energetic installations in the whole province of Pontevedra. The level of material execution is in most cases outstanding.

PVC or copper pipes

As it happens with any element in the home, there comes a time when the pipes and installations begin to deteriorate. If this happens, it will not only generate discomfort, but can also trigger dangerous situations.

First of all, replacing old water pipes will improve the pressure inside the house. This alone is a great advantage, however you have to look further. The lead pipes that were used before corrode and produce scale.

The lead particles mix with the drinking water we consume and, as a result, cause health problems. To prevent this from happening, regulations have changed and the use of materials containing this metal has been banned.

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Today we will refer only to the most common in home construction to help you understand the differences between them. Especially if you are in the middle of a process of reforms or need to replace the current facilities.

Among the advantages we can find in this material we highlight its ease of transportation as it is very light, easy to install, abrasion resistant and flexible. In addition, it has great durability, it remains unalterable in contact with chemicals such as salts, acids and oxidants. Therefore, it is considered the best material for water piping.