You may think of home safety as having the latest alarm systems, the newest self-defense weapons, or maybe the best breeds of protection dogs. Instead of thinking in these terms, we want to challenge you to think in the terms of protecting your family from something you use every day.
This thing that you use every day provides a valuable source of hydration while removing any waste--if you’re still not sure what we’re talking about, it is the pipes that makeup your plumbing!
Your plumbing is responsible for keeping your family safe and healthy by providing clean water and removing waste. It is vitally important that your plumbing stays as healthy as the rest of your home, so we have put together a list of the top 5 piping picks. Keep reading for more information!
What is PEX And Why it Matters
PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. This type of piping is cheaper than copper and easier to install. It also requires no special glue which means ventilation won’t be a problem. If you live in an area with acidic water, it is important to consider this type of piping material as it is unaffected by this issue.
In South Louisiana, we might not get freezing temperatures that last for weeks, but we definitely see them from time to time. With that said PEX is resistant to freezing and bursting which can be a huge plus given the fact that our temperatures rise and fall like crazy.
Stainless Steel: There’s a Reason People Love It
You’ve probably seen that stainless steel appliances are quite popular and it’s for good reason--they’re pretty difficult to destroy. It’s no different for piping, stainless steel won’t rust or corrode even with the worst water conditions.
Also, the strength-to-weight ratio is fantastic: the metal won’t lose strength just because it is thin. This means that you can have thin, lightweight pipes that can stand up to a fair amount of pressure, heat, and high temperatures.
Brass Pipes: Beautiful & Functional
Choosing brass pipes for your home will make a beautiful addition should any of the pipes be left exposed. Even more important is the fact that brass will stand up to heat--both from water AND fire--this means that no harmful chemicals are released no matter the temperature.
Brass is malleable and workable which will allow installation to go smoothly. It can easily be cut, bent, or otherwise shaped into whatever for that is needed without jeopardizing its integrity.
CPVC: Not Just a Bunch of Letters
You’ve probably heard of PVC pipe--polyvinyl chloride pipe--so you might be wondering if CPVC has any similarities. It does! CPVC stands for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride and the biggest difference between PVC and CPVC is the fact that one is more heat resistant than the other.
CPVC can withstand temperatures up to 200 degrees while PVC can only handle 140 degrees before it begins to melt and release chemicals. Other than CPVC being heat resistant, it is also unlikely to fall to corrosion.
Cast Iron & The Test of Time
Cast iron might be an older piping choice but it should not be forgotten in lieu of newer options! This heavy metal material may weigh substantially more than most of its counterparts but the heaviness ensures that it is quiet and won’t be ruined with abrasions.
Like your grandma’s cast iron pot, you will see that it lasts forever and can be tested with heat, pressure, and weight.
Happy & Healthy
The first thought that comes to most people’s minds when considering repiping is how much it’ll cost. There are numerous materials on the market that will be considerably cheaper than many of the ones mentioned here.
However, this doesn’t mean that they are any better--sometimes quality comes at a price. At Cajun Maintenance, we believe that you can find quality piping that will work with your budget and at the same time, keep your family safe from contaminants either in the air or water!
Call us today to schedule an appointment and find out what is best when repiping your home! We hope you enjoyed this article and if you did, that you’ll take a moment to share it!