Here in Canada, many homes have copper pipes. Just a few decades ago, copper piping was ultramodern in terms of plumbing, and is still in place in a majority of older homes across the country. If your house is included here, there are a few things you should know about your copper plumbing system:
1) It's inexpensive to install
Even with viable alternatives like PVC, copper pipe is still very inexpensive to install, and is sometimes used in newer construction projects to keep costs down. Although flexible PEX tubing is available, many contractors and plumbers prefer tried-and-true copper piping. Best of all, as Canadian Home Trends pointed out, because copper piping has been used for quite a while, the building codes related to its use are detailed and easy to follow. No guessing games here!
2) Repairs require skill
While cost-effective, copper piping does require certain skills for installations and repairs. In addition to measuring and cutting, copper pipes must be soldered into place or fused together with one of the modern joining systems that don’t require soldering at all, meaning those working with it should have experience with both ways of plumbing with copper.
As Canadian Home Workshop noted, soldering isn't a complicated process, but must be done correctly to prevent any leaks. In addition, a heat shield must be used in confined spaces areas for safety. This is especially true with retrofits to existing structures.
3) It could be time to upgrade
If your home was built 50 years ago or longer, it could be time to upgrade your copper piping for something newer. Houselogic explained that copper pipes typically have a lifespan of around 50 years. The copper won’t degrade or break down but sometimes the joints will experience wear due to water hammer activity and other pipe movement. Replacing all the copper pipes in your home for PVC, PEX or even new copper can turn into quite the extensive task, however, and is best left to the professionals.
To find out more, contact the experts at Roto-Rooter today.