We are going over your many options for pipes as you look at your plumbing needs. Each type of pipe has a set of specific benefits and drawbacks. We have already covered PEX and copper piping which are two of the most well known we will now delve into the lesser known world of plastic pipes.
Benefits of Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC): You have undoubtedly heard of PVC pipe. This close cousin of PVC pipe has the additional component of chlorine in its makeup which makes it safe for drinking water. CPVC has a 40 year history of durability. It is highly recommended for that DIY project because it requires no special tools or skills to install. When installing it, it has not shown any negative health consequences for your quality of water. It can also handle temperatures of up to 200˚ Fahrenheit. But anything over that will make the pipes dangerous as it can cause the pipes to soften making them susceptible to breaking.
Drawbacks of CPVC: You will want to be very careful if you are installing CPVC because when this piping is heated, melted or being cut it can release fumes that are toxic in high qualities. Make sure you are working in a well ventilated area when working with these pipes.
Cost: The cost of CPVC will run you about $50 for 100 feet.
Benefits of Polypropylene Pipes (PP): This pipe has not been widely used in the United States but in Europe it has a 30 year perfect record for safety and durability. It is similar to CPVC in that it is a rigid plastic pipe however it is not joined together with chemicals. It uses heat to melt the mating ends and fuse the ends together making it leak resistant. It doesn’t corrode, it is designed to withstand certain common surging making it fatigue resistant and it is eco-friendly.
Drawbacks of PP: The installation of this pipe does require special tools which would not be cost effective for a DIY-er.
Cost of PP: It would be around $110 for 100 feet.
At NIR Plumbing we care about our customers. We want you to be well informed and make the best decisions for your needs. If any of these piping options sound like a good fit for you please give us a call. We would be more than happy to go over each pro and con as well as assess your specific situation and give our best recommendation.
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