PVC or Copper Pipes, Which Are Better?

Both PVC and copper pipes will work well in your home.It really depends on your actual comfort level. Each pipe type builds a solid plumbing network; either one will likely be just fine.Understanding the difference between the two will help you decide the best pipes for your needs.

You learned that copper was a metallic element in school, and it conducts heat beautifully. PVC is short for Polyvinyl Chloride, which is a fancy name for vinyl polymer. Both pipe types are lightweight and resist corrosion.

Each pipe has minor safety concerns. Copper can corrode in acidic water, and studies have linked excessive copper consumption to Alzheimer’s disease. The chemicals used to make PVC piping is believed to cause illnesses such as cancer. The risk of illness from either pipe is nearly non-existent, however.

Copper piping resists bacteria, fire, and can handle earthquakes well because it’s flexible. PVC piping resists abrasion and doesn’t make that whining noise you hear when you turn on the water too hard.

As you can see, both copper and PVC pipes have advantages when used in your household’s plumbing. Please visit this website to discuss your piping needs with an experienced plumber in San Marcos.


About bobsandersca

Bob has over 20 years of experience as a plumbing and fitting specialist.
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