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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
  • Durable
  • Small interior diameter

copper pipes have been used in plumbing for years

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
  • Noisy

PVC pipes are corrosion resistant making them ideal for plumbing

Pros of PVC Pipes

PVC plumbing pipes are relative newcomers in Northeast Ohio, but they have plenty of benefits for your home.

  • Corrosion resistant
  • Durable
  • Energy efficient thermal insulation
  • Noise reduction
  • Inexpensive

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.