Copper vs. PVC Pipes (And Which One is Right for Your House)
There is a lot of debate among plumbers about which pipe material is better for your Akron, Ohio home. Copper or PVC? There isn’t exactly a clear-cut answer because there are pros and cons to both. We’ll walk you through them.
Pros of Copper Pipes
Copper pipes have been the industry standard for over 50 years and most long-time plumbers stand by them through thick and thin. Let’s talk about the positives of copper pipes.
- Bacteria resistant
- Fire resistant
- UV resistant
- Small interior diameter
Cons of Copper Pipes
While copper plumbing pipes have been around seemingly forever, they do have a few flaws.
- Subject to corrosion
- Subject to leaks
- Subject to bursts
- Metallic water taste
Pros of PVC Pipes
PVC plumbing pipes are relative newcomers in Northeast Ohio, but they have plenty of benefits for your home.
- Corrosion resistant
- Energy efficient thermal insulation
- Noise reduction
Cons of PVC Pipes
PVC pipes have a lot going for them, but they’re newness makes them subject to long-term questions.
- Support bacteria growth
- Potential long-term health problems
- Plastic water taste
Is it time to replace your home’s plumbing pipes? Talk to your local plumber at Superior Drain to find out which solution is best for you.