One of the greatest inventions of our time is indoor plumbing. It is convenient and today we could not even imagine what our lives would be like without it. Over the last hundred years it has gone through so many changes through new inventions and new materials. Some of these changes have been extensive. A pipe is a pipe but the material it is made of is the difference maker. Lets take a look at the changes in piping materials over the years and see how far we have come from just using a pot under our bed and a fresh water well out side to the convenience of indoor plumbing.
A major improvement in plumbing is piping materials. At first the standard for pipes was iron, lead, steel, and clay. You can already start to imagine the problems these materials would cause. Iron can start to rust, Steel piping can turn your water black, lead is toxic and clay is fragile. Around the 1940’s these materials started to be replaced, and the process really sped up in the 1970’s. Today, plumbers use copper and a wide range of plastics such as PVC, CPVC and PEX for re-piping as well as new construction.
A major reason to call on only professional plumbers, is that only an experienced plumber knows the right type of piping material to use. Making the correct choice affects how well a plumbing system works, prevents future repair issues, and also reduces the cost of the job. Below are the reasons we rely on copper and plastic pipes.
1. Copper and plastic are corrosion resistant. Lead, steel and clay pipes corroded simply from just contacting the soil. Copper and plastic will not corrode under most circumstances. There are still some types of corrosion that will affect copper pipes, but you can depend on them and PVC, CPVC and PEX to enjoy a long life that far outdistances it self from iron and steel.
2. Copper and plastic make the plumbing job easier. This means it is faster and less expensive, and there is less chance of something going wrong. They weigh less and are ductile enough to allow for installation without elbows and joints. Flexible plastic piping is especially helpful for fitting into small tight spaces.
3. The low cost of the material. Copper and plastic are readily available materials that cost less to purchase than other types of metals. It costs much less to have a job done this way.
4. Copper and plastic conduct heat very well. Hot water can be a major force for wearing down the material of the pipes, but the conductive power of copper and plastic handles heat with minimal trouble. Plastic PEX pipes are the favored material now for hot water lines.
5. Both copper and plastics are relatively a non-toxic substance, and since they rarely corrode they will not leak toxic materials into your water. This is why older cities now replace their old lead pipes with these materials.
6. Copper and plastic piping can be recycled. When you have these pipes put in your home, you are not only getting a better plumbing system, you are helping out the environment.
When you call on our H20 plumbing specialist to do a re-piping job or install new plumbing in a home or business, be rest assured that they know exactly which piping materials need to be used. You can always give us a call at 615-864-9459 and we can do the job correctly at a affordable price.