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Plastic Water Pipes

Plastic water piping is the only other alternative to cast iron on the market. If you have a built-in lawn sprinkler system then you might be familiar with it. Plastic sewer systems are slowly but surely taking over the traditional cast iron sewers. This is mainly because plastic is easier to install, better for transporting waste materials, it doesn’t rust and it is inexpensive. However, there are a few building departments that forbid the use of plastic water pipe inside the home. Additionally, the requirements for installation of plastic water piping are far stricter.

If you are considering installing plastic water piping then you need to check with your building department first. Certain departments around the country feel that plastic piping is an added danger in the case of a house fire because it produces toxic fumes. However, these views are quickly changing as the building community becomes more familiar with plastic-water-supply systems.

In addition to the building department’s approval, you must also be prepared for the installation requirements. It is mandatory that you install access panels in your walls, floors, and attics during the installation of your plastic piping. This is a requirement because plastic piping is known to occasionally separate at its connections under high pressure. In order to make necessary repairs there must be a way to reach these connections and that is why access panels are mandatory. Nonetheless, with the proper materials you can safely and cost effectively equipped a home with plastic piping.

Before you go out and purchase your plastic piping it is important to note that not all plastic pipes are the same. Some pipes are designed to withhold more pressure and some are designed to tolerate heat better. Also, there is a huge difference between low-pressure plastic pipes and high pressure plastic pipe. Pipe fitting that is needed between a water heater and a shower valve must be able to handle high pressure.

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