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Busting Apart Some Myths About PVC Pipes

You've probably pretty familiar with PVC pipes. They are those classic, white pipes made from a white, plastic-like material. As popular as PVC pipes are, many people do not know that much about them. In fact, there are some common myths that often get passed around about PVC pipes, and they're not really true. If you're considering PVC pipes for your home, then keep reading to see those myths busted apart.

Myth: PVC pipes leech toxins into your water.

Some plastics have been found to leech toxic substances into water. For example, plastics that contain BPA are often considered unsafe to drink from for this reason. PVC, however, does not leech any harmful compounds into your water. It is a very stable plastic, which is why it is so commonly used for plumbing. 

Myth: PVC pipes can only be used for cold water.

Maybe someone told you that there is no use in having PVC pipes installed in your home because you'll still have to use copper for the hot water. This is simply untrue. PVC can stand up to hot water. It will eventually melt at high temperatures, but your home's water does not get nearly hot enough for that to be an issue. You can absolutely have your whole home repiped with PVC — including hot and cold water pipes.

Myth: PVC pipes cost too much.

The cheapest plumbing option these days tends to be PEX. PEX is a type of flexible tubing. PVC does cost a little more than PEX, but not much. It costs far less than copper and other pipe materials. If you want to replumb your home affordably and you're not interested in PEX, then PVC is really your most affordable option.

Myth: You should use extra-thick PVC pipes for greater protection.

There are only two thicknesses of PVC pipes. The thicker ones are gray, and the thinner ones are white. Only the thinner gray ones should be used to plumb a house. The thick ones are intended for industrial processes. Installing them in your home won't solve anything, and it may actually create more problems. For example, too-thick PVC pipes won't have a wide-enough hollow spot in the middle to allow for the necessary water flow.

With these myths cleared up, you should be in better shape to have your home replumbed. Talk to a plumber to learn more about PVC and its benefits, or contact a local company like Complete Plumbing.