This is a continuation of our previous blog. If you have not read that blog yet you can check it out here.
When looking at piping we realize that this topic can be overwhelming. At NIR Plumbing we want to ensure that you have all the facts you need to make an informed decision. So we are laying out the benefits and drawbacks of each different type of pipe. In our last blog we focused on PEX piping. Today we will focus on Copper pipes.
Copper Benefits: Undoubtedly, Copper has a long standing reputation for being the premium choice. Copper piping has been used for almost 80 years with indoor plumbing. And even with the advent of new plumbing options about 80% of new homes are built with copper plumbing. Your copper pipes will come with a 50 year limited warranty. Copper is easy to install for plumbers. There are no special tools needed to install copper pipes that a plumber would need to invest in. Copper has been proven to be very safe in natural disasters. It doesn’t release toxic gases in a fire and in earthquakes the slightly elastic pipes flex so that they won’t break. Copper is a naturally bacteria resistant and it resists corrosion more than other metals.
Copper Drawbacks: Copper has always been a more expensive option and in the last few years copper prices have risen again. We estimate it would cost you around $285 for 100 feet of copper piping. And where it might take some time, copper pipes will corrode especially based upon the pH balance of your water. Over time this corrosion can lead to a metallic taste in your water. If you live in a colder climate your copper pipes can freeze and burst.
We hope that these facts have helped you as you look at all of your piping options. Where PEX and copper are your most well known options in our next blog we will be looking at different plastic pipes. Until next time…
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