How to Decide on New Plumbing System
Plumbing is the last thing that comes to mind when homeowners are busy selecting fixtures for their new home. They just concentrate on the style, longevity, aesthetic, ease of installation, ease of maintenance and all those things. They forget that whatever be the look of the fixtures, the plumbing system is the base on which the whole water system stands and if that is not properly done, any amount of styling is not going to help. But if proper care is taken on the plumbing side, it will eventually save the homeowners a lot of unnecessary hassle, frustration and expenses when they move in and use the system.
There was a time when the type of plumbing was restricted to either galvanized steel or copper pipes. But in the current scenario the choice of plumbing materials has become wide that are reliable as well as cheaper in cost. When you are looking for a new plumbing system you should consider whether the plumbing system will affect the drinking water; and whether the plumbing system will be long lasting, and how the plumbing will be installed.
Being a costly affair, plumbing systems are designed and installed with the hope that it will last for many years without giving trouble. But is has been seen that metallic plumbing systems starts to corrode in a few year’s time. The main reason has been the corrosive nature of the water, especially where the pH value of water is low. The other reason for pipe corrosion can be the soil, the moisture and minerals in the soil can be the cause. In order to avoid such eventualities you can use chlorinated polyvinyl chloride CPVC plumbing system. CPVC has the ability to resist extreme water and soil conditions; its reliability has been witnessed for more than forty years. Hence CPVC has been gaining popularity as a home plumbing system as an alternative to copper, and not to mention the low cost involved in CPVC plumbing system.
It has been found that copper can corrode where hard water is being used resulting in contamination of water beyond the permissible limit set by the federal drinking water standards. For this reason CPVC has been the choice of homeowners as the best alternative. With CPVC there is no question of corrosion and contamination of water thereafter.
Besides these there may be other matters that you might not be aware of, which needs to be taken into consideration before new plumbing decisions are taken. Therefore it would be wise if you can discuss the matter with an experienced plumber before taking the final plunge.