Plumbers today use plastic and copper pipes and connections when performing plumbing work. Both plastic and copper are used in both hot and cold water applications. They are also both used in central heating work. Copper is used to connect boilers as well as for long straight runs. When copper is used, the pipes are generally larger than 28mm. Copper is also employed when a radiator is part of the plumbing and heating system.
How Plastic Piping Is Used
Plastic is an innovative material in the plumbing trade, as it can be used for underfloor heating as well as for cabling through joists and underneath floors. Plastic is also ideal in spots where space is limited. You can use plastic pipes as well for long runs, as long as pipe clips are used.
Why Plastic Is Often Preferred
Plumbers in East Sussex like to use plastic pipes because they operate quietly. Therefore, homeowners will not hear any water hammering through the pipes when the water is running. You also do not need to paint plastic to keep it maintained.
A Better Material in Cold Environments
When it comes to problems with the cold, plastic is preferred over copper. That is because there is less of a chance that a pipe will burst if it is made of plastic. In addition, plastic does not have any real scrap value. Therefore, it is not frequently stolen. You cannot say the same for copper, as thieves often steal the material or strip it from homes and structures.
You can use both plastic and copper when you are making boiler connections. For example, copper may be used for the first one metre of pipe and then be linked to plastic. When both materials are used, the plumber normally refers to the advice offered by the boiler manufacturer. You can also use both materials when performing a full-scale renovation of a property.