Plumbing pipes come in various materials, and all of them have their pros and cons. However, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is a form of plastic, is one of the best plumbing materials today. Below are some of the reasons you should opt for PVC pipes.
PVC is plastic, and plastic doesn't corrode. Corrosion is one of the major problems of metallic plumbing pipes. When pipes corrode, they become weak and highly susceptible to breakage. Pipe breakages lead to water leaks and costly repairs. Secondly, corrosion also leads to blockages or narrowing of plumbing pipes. PVC doesn't suffer from such corrosion-related problems.
PVC plumbing pipes are some of the most durable plumbing materials available today. For example, cast iron used to be considered pretty durable with a lifespan that ranges between 75 and 100 years. However, PVC is even more durable than that, with some people placing PVC lifespan as indefinite.
PVC pipes are pretty light, which means they don't need strong structural support. It also means you don't have to worry about overloading parts of your house when you install PVC pipes in them. The lightweight nature of PVC pipes also reduces the risk of breakage or disconnections.
PVC is also pretty versatile and can be used in a variety of situations and configurations. You can easily bend PVC or join PVC pipes. Plumbers also don't need numerous tools and equipment for installation of PVC pipes.
PVC is a cost-effective plumbing material for three main reasons. First, PVC is a relatively inexpensive material, it is not complicated to install, and it is pretty durable. This means that you will not only spend minimal money to install PVC plumbing pipes, but you won't have to incur replacement costs any time soon.
A contact between a plumbing pipe and an electrical material, such as loose electrical wire, can be disastrous for your home. The ensuing short circuit can cause electrical damages, fire, or shock. However, PVC is an insulator, which means it won't conduct electricity even if it comes into contact with a current-carrying conductor.
Lastly, PVC is a recyclable material. Therefore, even if your PVC plumbing pipes break and necessitate a replacement, you won't have to worry about the materials ending up in a landfill and fouling up the environment. Rather, the materials will be recycled to make other products.
Note that some plumbing materials are more suitable for some applications than others. If you need a pipe, your plumber will advise you on whether PVC is suitable for an application or you need a different material.