One of the more expensive plumbing repair items is replacing old pipes. While fixer uppers are all the rage these days, they usually come with original plumbing pipes that need to be either partially or completed replaced. There are a variety of both metal and plastic piping to consider and all have a pretty significant pros and cons list.
Pros and Cons of Residential Piping
- Has been used reliably since the 1960’s
- Heat tolerant
- Not prone to leaks
- Old pipes can be recycled
- Long life span
- Won’t pollute drinking water
- Cost – 100 ft of straight copper piping will cost you around $300, that adds up to “expensive” pretty quickly.
Galvanized Steel (Metal)
Galvanized pipes are one big con and not used in today’s construction standards, but if you live in a home that was built between the 1930’s and 1980’s you may have galvanized steel pipes. If this is the case your home definitely needs to be re-piped in order to remove all the lead.
- Lead can released into drinking water through corroded pipes
- Zinc coating causes internal rusting
- Pipes are heavy and difficult to work with
- Discoloration of water can occur
*Notice that this one is all cons, so don’t use it
PVC Pipes (Plastic)
- Easy to work with
- Doesn’t rust, corrode, or degrade with time
- Great at carrying high water pressure
- Works well when being used for drain lines or vent stacks
- PVC Pipes are great for a lot of things, but it absolutely cannot handle hot water. Hot water will cause it to warp.
CPVC Pipes (Plastic)
- Very flexible and easy for do-it-yourselfers to use
- Contains some chlorine which makes it safe for drinking water
- Safe for hot and cold water supply
- Cracks easily when it freezes
- Cannot be recycled
Believe it or not there are even more options than the few we have listed in both metals and plastics. If you have questions about what kind of plumbing pipes would work best in your home, call Carmine’s today 203-791-8089 and let the professionals help you sort it all out.