Whether in your own home or in the one you are visiting for a purchase, it is essential to ask yourself the right questions about the condition of the plumbing. The appearance of certain signs is enough to know that such a repair is necessary: traces of humidity everywhere, radiators in poor condition, rust on the pipes, or completely detached welds. Neglecting such signs can lead to the occurrence of disasters like floods, seepage, and water damage not only at home but also at neighbors when living in an apartment.
RECOMMENDED TYPES OF MATERIALS
If copper is widely used for plumbing work because of its anticorrosion qualities and its resistance to high pressures, this material tends to be replaced by another, more modern, PVC, which is easier to install.
However, the flow of water in PVC pipes is noisier than in copper pipes, and when the temperature changes, PVC expands. Today, PER is used more and more. Also, easy to install, it is recommended for anything that is built-in and shows great resistance to limestone. On the budget side, PER is the cheapest of the three materials, the other two having fairly similar costs.
HOW LONG SHOULD MY WATER PIPES LAST?
First of all, you ask how long the water pipe can be used? This also depends on what kind of water pipe you choose. High-quality water pipes have a long life and are durable. For example, Polywater pipes have a 50-year worry-free double warranty. On the contrary, if you choose poor quality water pipes, problems may occur in one or two years!
- Copper Pipes: 70-80 years
- Brass Pipes: 80-100 years
- Galvanized Steel Pipes: 80-100 years
- Plastic PVC Pipes: 25-40 years
- Cast Iron Pipes: 80-100 years
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