You may have seen them lying around your local hardware store, and wondered how they are used in plumbing. Many people see PVC as a cheap alternative to metal pipes, but there are actually many great benefits to using PVC for your plumbing system. At Neighborhood Plumbing, we offer high quality commercial and residential services in Pittsburgh, PA communities. In our many years of service to our clients, we have installed, repaired and replaced our fair share of PVC pipes. We know that many property owners aren’t sure which materials to use for their plumbing installation or pipe replacement. Here are a few reasons why using PVC can be a benefit to property owners.
Metals can corrode quickly in certain environments. Property owners with a high mineral content in their water or soil can be disappointed in the longevity of their pipes. As the metals interact with various elements, reactions can take place. In some cases, this corrosive process can severely damage pipes and in certain instances can contaminate the safety of your water supply. In contrast, PVC pipes are highly resistant to corrosion and can provide a long-lasting alternative to cast iron, steel, copper and cement pipes. They are also resistant to the effects of many chemicals that could make its way into your plumbing system such as fats, alcohols, mineral oils and fluorides that could create problems in conventional pipe materials, making it a good potential choice for industrial settings.
Gasketed PVC joints are an excellent defense against leaks. It’s smooth surface makes it easy use and elastomeric seals provide a fast, and effective way to keep liquid moving through your pipes without worrying about water loss.
PVC is extremely lightweight. This makes it easier to transport, less expensive to ship, faster to install and safer for installers to work with. Long pieces can easily be moved by a single person, and can be quickly installed, which can translate to more savings on both material cost and labor expenses on your next large plumbing project.
It’s important to maximize flow rate and pressure when designing your plumbing system. PVC pipes are extremely smooth, which can substantially reduce friction and resistance to water flow. PVC material can reduce the chances of slime and debris buildup as well, making them easier to maintain and less likely to clog than other options.
From the dangers of lead pipes to asbestos in cement pipes, there have been many instances where a chosen pipe material has resulted in negative health effects. PVC is non-toxic and has been proven safe time and time again. That makes it a great choice for those who want to protect their family’s health and wellbeing.
When compared to the cost of traditional brass, copper or iron pipes, PVC is the winner when it comes to value. Your next plumbing installation projects overall budget can be significantly reduced without compromising the integrity or quality of your plumbing system. And, any future repairs or replacements may also cost less for years’ worth of continued savings.
Are you considering a PVC Pipe installation in Pittsburgh, California or a surrounding neighborhood? Then call the experts at Neighborhood Plumbing. Our team of licensed and insured plumbers in Pittsburgh are ready to put their tools to work for your next project. Contact our friendly staff today for more information or to schedule your next convenient appointment.