Copper is the preferred choice of material for many applications. But why is it used so widely for plumbing?
1. It is non-toxic and non-permeable
Copper pipes are relatively non-toxic when compared to other piping options. As a natural material, it has some antimicrobial properties, and can even reduce the amount of lead in the water supply.
Copper pipes are non-permeable which means that they can be used in underground systems even if there are contaminants in the surrounding area.
2. It is durable and doesn’t corrode easily
Copper is able to handle extreme heat and maintains its shape and strength in tough conditions. Copper pipes can deal with high water pressure, and unlike iron or steel pipes, copper water pipes are generally more resistant to corrosion. This means they are likely to last longer.
3. It is cost-effective and has lower installation costs
Copper pipes are very cost-effective because they last longer. Additionally, they have lower installation costs than other options.
4. It is easy to work with
Copper is considerably more ductile than lead or iron, meaning that much less work needs to be done on it. It can be shaped more easily and can be joined using brazing, soldering or other methods. This ductility also means that joints can be more easily dealt with which can improve the integrity of the piping,
Options for joining copper pipe
There are several options for joining copper pipes in settings where it is not safe to use flames or heat. There are a number of firms that make accessories for this specific purpose. Many of these have online resources to help, such as the examples seen here: watkinspowis.co.uk/products/copper-pipe-fittings-and-press-systems.
5. It is eco-friendly
Copper is an eco-friendly choice as it is a recyclable material and can therefore be used more than once. It is also a fairly abundant resource and extraction doesn’t damage the environment.
It is low-maintenance
Because copper is durable and doesn’t need to be painted or otherwise coated to protect it from corrosion, it requires minimal maintenance.