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What is CPVC Piping and Why Do You Need It In Your Home?

What is CPVC piping? Most people assume their pipes are just made of metal. We can’t fault them for that thought. For years and years, galvanized steel and lead were industry standards, until we learned about their respective health and effectiveness issues. Since then, the industry has settled on a few types of effective and safe plumbing options from copper pipes to plastic PVC pipes. But in recent years another material has shot up in popularity and use. CPVC pipes offer a durability and flexibility that few other building materials can rival.


What is CVPC Plumbing?

What makes CPVC so useful when building out new plumbing systems? The short answer is its durability. CPVC stands for chlorinated polyvinyl chloride and for those without chemistry degrees, that essentially means that the pipes have been double treated with chloride, vastly increasing their durability, flexibility, and longevity. 

  • Durability Plastic in general is known to be an environmental problem because of its resilience to decay, which makes it a prime candidate for durable plumbing. Due to the double treating process through which the materials are made, CPVC is super resistant to wear and tear. The chemical composition of the piping makes it far more resilient to normal factors like corrosion and totally immune to rust, due to its lack of metal. CPVC can also withstand temperatures of up to 200 degrees before the plastic begins to lose shape and melt away with the heat. 
  • Flexibility Again, plastic in general is considered an extremely useful material for its flexibility, and CPVC takes that positivity and dials it up to 11. Its primary competitors in the plumbing world, copper and cast iron pipes, are extremely rigid and make difficult joints more manageable. Being softer than metal CPVC plumbing is also more resistant to impacts, increasing durability. And because of its flexibility, it will expand slightly more than copper pipes when water freezes within it, making it slightly more resilient to freezing temperatures, but not totally immune. 
  • Longevity Plastics last a long time, hence their popularity in nearly every aspect of construction and production. With that in mind, CPVC pipes last longer than the cast iron or copper equivalent. Average estimates put the lifespan of a CPVC piping system between 50-75 years. Meaning that if you have CPVC pipes installed in your home, you likely won’t have to worry about plumbing again for the rest of your life and/or stay at that given property. The chemical composition of the pipes staves off the decay that is common with naturally occurring elements like steel, iron, and copper, giving you peace of mind that, barring some major external incident, your plumbing is safe and functional basically indefinitely. 

What is CPVC Repiping Service?

If you have an older home built before the sixties, it’s likely you don’t have CVPC piping installed. In fact, if your home is that old it could even have dangerous, outdated plumbing like galvanized steel pipes, which by 2022 are more akin to a ticking time bomb than a proper plumbing system. Repiping can be expensive and time consuming, but the money and headache you save dealing with it all at once beats slowly patching up leaks piecemeal over the years and handling the water damage those leaks inevitably cause. CPVC pipes are one of the hardiest, most effective, and most long-lived pipes on the market today and your home could only serve to benefit from having them installed.


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