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Plumb Out Of Luck ☘ Hoey Team ☘ eXp Realty Florida
Dated: September 28 2019
Don't find yourself 'plumb out of luck' by making this plumbing mistake
Two experts share plumbing material options and the No. 1 rule of plumbing repairs: Don't mix materials
Mixed metals may be in vogue for home decor, but they’re a definite faux-pas when it comes to one very important home feature — plumbing. For the novice do-it-yourself homeowner, it’s easy to believe that replacing a pipe or tube simply comes down to choosing the correct size, length, and threading. But choosing the correct material can prevent leaks and corrosion.
According to homebuilding expert and YouTuber Matt Risinger, copper is a favorite among builders and plumbers for supply lines due to its longevity and reliability. “We know that this is not a new system that has been untested or untried, and it has very few failures,” Risinger said .
“Copper is probably the most involved when it comes to fittings,” he said while noting plumbers need tubing cutters and reamers to smooth the inside of the pipe and sandpaper to smooth the outside surface. Lastly, he said it’s important to use lead-free solder to piece the pipes and fittings together.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) are two other popular plumbing materials thanks to their cost, which doesn’t fluctuate based on market value like copper. Furthermore, PVC and CPVC have an easy installation process, which includes a pipe cutter and a two-step solvent to attach fittings.
Risinger and Smith both say Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) is becoming the new standard for residential plumbing, thanks to its flexibility, durability and ease of installment. Smith says PEX has a high-temperature threshold similar to CPVC and has a lifespan of 40 to 50 years.
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