Plastic pipes in residential plumbing provides many benefits over pipes made of copper, bronze, or galvanized iron. Lead pipes, the most common choice in past decades have been completely discontinued due to the health hazards of ingesting lead. Any remaining lead pipes in a home or business should be replaced as soon as possible.
Top ratings in these four categories make plastic pipes the best bargain in the piping industry.
Plastic piping Compared to other piping materials, is more durable. This is due to its resistance to chemical and corrosive attack, abrasion resistance, joint integrity, optimum flow characteristics and constant testing to rigorous codes and standards.
2) Safety and ease of installation
Plastic piping is lightweight; easy and quick to make leak-proof joints; offer a variety of joining methods; a variety and breadth of product line: ease of fabrication; multiple exterior-walled color identification; has code acceptance; all products have easy to decipher identification labeling; piping products are in stock and available for delivery in hours; and the product’s lightweight reduces on-site injuries while speeding up installation time.
3) Environmental soundness
Energy savings is the pay off of plastic piping’s low thermal conductivity, favorable flow rates, and its reduced energy of hauling product. In addition, plastic piping is odorless and non-toxic, fully recyclable, and has, based on scientifically conducted Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), “greenness” the other piping materials do not have.
4) Cost Effectiveness
Whether it is costs for material, installation or maintenance, plastic piping has proven time and again that no other piping material is as cost-effective. Plus plastic piping offers more savings by way of fewer on-site thefts, lower transportation costs and lower insurance premiums.
The moral of this story is when evaluating piping materials (or any other product) don’t just myopically look at one facet of a product line. Consider the complete list of features and full benefit package so a carefully considered, well-informed and client-focused decision can be made. You will then realize that there is no fairy tale when it comes to recognizing plastics as the overwhelming choice for almost all piping projects.
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