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Plumbing 101 from the Atlanta Plumbing Expert

plumberGrowing up just outside of Atlanta in a family that believed in hard work I can tell you that I learned the value of a dollar early on. I hope that in this article you can learn something useful that will allow you to keep more of your hard-earned dollars in your pocket. After working for an Atlanta plumbing company for many years I now know that plumbing is something that literally petrifies most people.

Let’s discuss the various selections for supply water plumbing. I hope, with the tips you receive from me, you can make a intelligent decision if the need arises to buy water supply pipe.

The selections are different with the new technologies available, it used to be galvanized and copper pipe. That was fine when the needs were simple and it took an experienced plumber to install it. It was usually put in when the walls were roughed in. PVC (polyvinylchloride) came into widespread use during the 1980’s. When I was selling it it had been on the market for a couple of years and was popular with plumbers because it was easy to install, as well less expensive and more durable. The CPVC(chlorinated PVC) came about to answer the need for a high temperature resistant rigid plastic that would work well for hot water in residential dwellings. It was a step up for PVC because it was sometimes not able to handle higher heat. With the CPVC it is a better product without explaining the process. The last water supply pipe I suggest is polyethylene. This is a newer type of plastic pipe that is even easier to install than all the types before.
When selecting water pipes for your new house or as replacement pipe for your renovation project you have
some considerations. I’ll give you a few;

  • 1.Environment, probably the biggest dealing with your yearly temperature and codes in place.
  • 2. Cost, how much money you spend can affect your whole project, being familiar with alternatives can be helpful.
  • 3. Durability and ability to last while all of these are good you have to use whats right for you.
  • 4. Ease of installation

Galvanized was heavy and tended to rust, copper is expensive and takes more experience and tools to install.
Now we have plastics which are low cost, easy to install, last a long time and are lightweight. The newest
polyethelyne is easy to install, has hot and cold fittings that quick fit and is inexpensive when compared to
copper–A great choice. I still prefer copper, I’m warming up to plastics because of purity but copper is naturally
germ resistant