5 Reasons Why CPVC Piping Is the Smart Choice

If you’re in the market for plumbing pipe, there are a variety of options available. Copper metal pipes, galvanized steel pipes, PVC plastic pipes, CPVC pipes and PEX plastic pipes are readily available. Here are 5 reasons why CPVC piping is the smart choice.

Faster, Easier Installation

One of the biggest benefits of using CPVC pipe is that it is easier to install across the board. They take, on average, 25 percent less time to install. In comparison, PEX pipe is easy to install until the pipes have a diameter over an inch. This saves money on labor costs. Furthermore, the faster installation process moves your project along faster.

The Reduced Material Costs

Most CPVC pipe fittings consist of a tee and branch design. This is far better than the looped and network design required for PEX pipes. Therefore, the average CPVC piping system will need fewer pieces of pipe. You’re also less likely to find yourself short of needed material when handling junction points. You won’t have to fight to get all of the necessary plumbing fixtures to fit in a given area.

Increased Reliability

CPVC piping systems often have solvent cemented joints. This is far stronger than pipes or fittings alone. This protects CPVC pipes from the leaks that are a common occurrence in other types of pipe, especially as they age. CPVC won’t experience accelerated corrosion when the water becomes acidic, something that can cause major pipe failures due to corrosion. A side benefit of CPVC pipes is that you don’t have to bring in a skilled plumber to solder the pipes together the way copper pipes need to be. You don’t have to worry about variation in the quality of the joints because the welder got tired. If a single joint needs to be replaced, it can be removed and replaced without having to solder and unsolder the joint.

Increased Life Expectancy

CPVC pipes have been used in high pressure applications for three decades. They’ve worked flawlessly in sprinkler systems and conventional plumbing systems. Their track record shows they can be left in your walls for years without any problems, as long as they were properly installed. CPVC pipe is an excellent choice for those who need to replace cast iron pipes that have rusted out.

The only exception to this is the high thermal coefficient of CPVC pipes. It will expand and contract far more than other pipes on exposure to temperature swings. CPVC pipes are safe for use inside of temperature controlled homes, but beware of its use in uninsulated areas. CPVC pipe fittings shouldn’t be used on outdoor faucets, either.

Greater Safety

CPVC pipes are better than other plastic pipes when they are exposed to flames or smoke. They won’t catch fire or melt because of their limiting oxygen index. If you install CPVC pipe, you won’t be subject to the horror stories of the sprinkler system water pipes melting before they could deliver water to the fire. On the other hand, PEX pipes can catch fire, and they’ll burn long after the rest of the fire is put out. This adds to the danger to building occupants when the building is on fire. When CPVC pipe does burn, the smoke is no more toxic than the rest of the fumes. A side benefit of CPVC pipes is that it won’t leave your drinking

water with a metallic taste like copper or iron pipes.

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