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Advantages of Copper Pipes

6/12/2013 4:56:24 PM | by Anonymous

Pipes: Copper

Copper pipes are preferred to use in plumbing applications because of the great features they hold. They are known to be durable, flexible and resistant to bacteria yet able to maintain a competitive price compared to pipes made from other material. Even though copper pipes come from various thicknesses, they are in general thinner from other pipes. Copper pipes come in three different thicknesses. This quality allows pipes to be easily inserted on narrow spaces such as floors and wall. Type M is thin walled, Type L which is commonly used in home construction is medium walled and lastly, Type K which is thick walled. The thickness of the pipe walls would determine how flexible a pipe is and its durability. The pipe’s flexibility brings a decrease in installation cost for less hardware namely fasteners and connectors will be needed.


PVC and copper pipes are the only two among the types of pipes approved for transporting water. That being said, clean water supply can be ensured with the use of copper pipes. Galvanized pipes contain lead which poses a health risk to human. This element is removed from copper pipes during manufacturing process. This type of pipe is also biostatic which prevents bacteria from growing. To get the best out of it, connect it to a municipal water supply and not to well which contains acidic water. The domestic applications of copper pipes are to supply water on toilets and sinks. They are also the only type of pipes that can be used for industrial applications like boilers and water heaters. Being corrosion resistant made copper pipes suitable for outdoor applications as well. An example to this is on sprinkler systems.


Having copper pipes installed in houses is also advantageous at times of natural disasters. In case of a fire, they resist burning preventing them to release toxic. There are rigid and elastic copper pipes. Rigid coppers are used for straight applications while the elastic ones are applied on parts that require a copper to be bended. The flexible pipes tend to just go with the movement during earthquake. Unlike other rigid pipes, they do not snap easily and the instance of getting damaged is less. Leaks are also very unlikely. However, no matter how durable a material could, it can still be damaged over time. In case this happened, doing repairs is easy because of its universal system for fittings and sizes. The various ways of joining copper tubing also add ease to installation and repairs of pipes. Copper pipes can be connected through crimping, soldering, compression and flare connections.


Since copper pipes hold great features, they are a good investment as they add up to the value of structures. Their overall installation may be more expensive as compared to other types. But since the need for maintenance is infrequent, there will be big savings on repair cost. They also usually come with a 50-year warranty which is a guarantee that your plumbing system will last that for that span of time or at least someone will make sure that it is in proper shape until the warranty period ended. Those who are concerned with the environment will also go for copper pipes for they are recyclable.

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