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Why is copper pipe used for plumbing?
It is malleable and relatively inert. Iron rusts and is very hard. Gold and silver are too expensive.
If you're talking about water service to a home, copper used to be used from the late 70's through the early 90's. With the advent of plastic piping, the cost for installing t…his type of piping is dramatically reduced. Also, many soils throughout the country have a high metal content which creates electrolysis with the copper pipe causing premature failure of that pipe. Plastic pies don't have to worry about that. So, its mostly a money issue.
Polyethylene and polybutylene are two common types of flexible tubing used in plumbing, and both are used in hot and cold water supplies in place of traditional copper lines.
Because it doesn't rust, it doesn't break down, and it doesn't cause any impurities in the water. - More specifically, copper oxidizes into a stable compound, keeping it fro…m corroding through. It also is naturally anti-bacterial. The most important reason,though, is that copper is easy to work and shape with hand tools, a necessity to fit pipe into places inside houses and buildings. Copper can be brazed into joints with hand equipment, and cut with a small tool, rather than a large pair of iron shears.
Copper is easy to use and work with. The minerals in water generally do not build up on copper as easily as on galvanized steel. After WWII copper was relatively cheap and ava…ilable in great quantities so the plumbing products industry changed to it as its standard pipe. Now copper is much more expensive and new materials such as plastics are being used. Copper does not rust or perish easily, making it ideal for use in any climate. Copper is also heat and cold resistant and swells and contracts much less than other materials when its temperature changes. Copper resists damage from minor home fires much better than plastic.
Galvanized pipe for water and drain lines. Cast iron pipe for main drain lines.
NO !!!! Must be Galvanized pipe with threaded fittings or Copper piping with flare fittings. If there ever was a fire, the PVC pipe would burn & burst allowing the propane gas… to flow out and explode !!
In the last few decades, most plumbing in the UK has been installed with copper pipes. The word 'plumbing' comes from the Latin 'plumbum', meaning lead, which is what the Roma…ns used for plumbing.
Insulate cold water lines and fittings as much as possible to help with condensation issue.
Copper pipes are now most commonly used in plumbing. Lead pipes were used long ago, and the word plumbing is derived from the Latin word for lead (plumbum). Iron pipes were us…ed until relatively inexpensive copper pipes became readily available during the twentieth century.
Mostly used for plumbing inside a house. -Personally, I prefer PEX, easier to install and lasts longer.
Copper tubing is used for underground propane service lines but should be installed by a licensed propane company. See www.propane101.com/gasserviceline.htm for a better… explanation.
Assuming it is 15mm. Buy 2 15mm couplers (compression, push fit, pre-soldered or end feed) and a length of 15mm copper pipe. Chop the copper pipe that needs replacing and conn…ect as necessary. If you need any more help just ask. Ans 2 - If you're not familiar working with copper pipe, then it's much easier to get a length of PEX and two 'Sharkbite' or similar push fittings. This generally gives you more flexibilty and allows coverage over areas of the copper pipe that look faulty ( greenish spots) This will cost about the same but is an easier and more reliable repair for the amateur.
It's due to a combination of factors. Copper is a very good conductor of heat, which is pretty much the most important need for heating/cooling systems. And it is widely avail…able, in multiple sizes, and can be worked with conventional tools including soldering torches and so forth. It has more than adequate strength. And does not corrode like iron pipe. Is resistant to breakage during cold weather. And, historically copper (one of the metals known for centuries by man) has been very low in cost. Oh, and it can be joined to other metals, like aluminum and steel in several ways, helping to decrease the manufacturing cost of these systems.