Copper Pipe – Copper piping has been the standard in home plumbing since the 1960s. This piping is a great choice because of its durability and long life span. It is resistant to corrosion and can withstand heat well. Copper is safe to use in drinking water because it doesn’t degrade when exposed to water.
Copper has one problem, however. Copper is one of the most costly piping materials and it is susceptible to theft at job sites or in vacant homes. Copper piping is used in many homes today.
- Get hot and cold water
- Refrigerant lines for HVAC systems
- Other applications may require a tight seal
- Underground service lines
Many consider PEX piping to be the most important innovation in home plumbing. PEX piping is extremely flexible and can be snagged through any home or bent around corners if needed. PEX does not require glue and is more resistant to freezing than CPVC. This is because the material can expand or contract.
PEX is usually connected using compression or stab-in fittings. These fittings require special tools to use. PEX can be used to splice into existing pipes, including copper, making it an excellent choice for retrofits and additions. PEX can be used for hot water applications but cannot be connected to the hot water heater directly. It must be connected to a section of copper 18 inches in length or another hot-water-safe pipe.
PEX pipe is great because of its flexibility, durability, and versatility.
- Retrofitting an old