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When it comes to fixing any plumbing system that has drinking water flowing through it, it is essential you have the right plumbing materials. The pipes used for drinking water are very different from those used for wastewater.

Plumbing materials used for drinking water

Your home will have a plumbing system that has a whole range of materials, which are used for different water supplies. Do not be surprised if your home plumbing has several different pipes including:

PVC Pipe

PVC is for polyvinyl chloride, PVC is an extremely durable and long-lasting material, it can be used in a range of applications and can come in two different forms, including rigid or flexible. It can also come in a wide range of colours and is used in a range of industries especially plumbing. Each colour of pipe is used for a different thing in plumbing; a white pipe is mainly used for your drinking water systems.

PVC is an excellent material for plumbing as it does not corrode or rust like metals. This means you are less likely to need it replacing in the future, unless it leaks or burst. It is also an easy material to work with if you have any problems, which is why plumbers Milton Keynes love it. It requires no welding or metalwork; it is also a less expensive option for your home overall.

PVC is used for cold water only; many people do not use it for hot water pipes as the warm water can over time break down the plastic which can be dangerous.

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CPVC known as chlorinated polyvinyl chloride pipes are made from normal PVC and is coated in an extra layer of Chlorine. This makes the material much more durable and also allows it to be used with hot water. CPVC will not degrade with hot water like PVC will, however, it is also safe for drinking water. It is slightly more expensive than normal PVC piping.

CPVC can be used in replacement of copper piping and has many benefits in comparisons to metal. The interior of CPVC is a lot smoother, which means you are less likely to hear any water running through the pipes. It is also well insulated which means it is less likely to use any energy. The hot water will stay hot when running through the pipes which also helps with home gas supply.

Another benefit of CPVC is it is extremely fire resistant so if an electrical fire is to start your pipes will not catch fire. CPVC is normally used for:

  • Hot Water
  • Drinking Water
  • Waste and Water Disposal

PEX Pipe

PEX piping is one of the biggest innovations in plumbing, it is extremely flexible, meaning it can be snaked through any home and around corners with ease. The best part about this piping system is it does not require ant glue and holds up much better in freezing temperature compared to other plumbing materials. The material can also expand and contract, so it is less likely to freeze or thaw.

PEX systems are connected using a compression fitting, which is a unique tool used by plumbers Bedford. It can also be spliced into existing pipes including your copper pipes, which makes it a great option if you are looking to replace some of you home piping.

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Copper Pipe

This is the most common type of piping you will find in your home, especially if it is an older house. Copper tubing is a flexible metal, in the hands of a competent plumber or installer, it is a great option for plumbing in homes as it can be bent to go around corners.

There are a number of reasons why copper plumbing is now being replaced in homes. It is one metal that can be exposed to corrosion and rust which is not ideal for drinking water. This is why it is now more commonly used for hot water systems.

Why call a plumber for your drinking water plumbing

Every homeowner will have a few essential plumbing tools they believe will help them when it comes to plumbing issues. But very few people know the right ways to deal with drinking water pipes. The last thing you want to do is cause any damage that can affect the condition of the piping but also make you and your family ill from being exposed to germs and bad plumbing situations.

One of the best ways to prevent plumbing problems from occurring in the future is by having regular maintenance schedules. Essentially a plumber will go around your home and ensure all of your plumbing systems are working to their full potential as well as putting in place any preventative measures to stop your pipes from clogging or leaking.

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Water Discolouration

On very rare occasions your tap water may become slightly discoloured or cloudy. There are a number of reasons to why this may occur including:

  • Naturally occuring substance
  • Issue with the mains
  • Corrosion of pipes
  • Internal plumbing issue

The discolouration normally will not be an issue nor is it harmful, however, it can be a general pain. One of the best ways to clear this is by leaving your kitchen tap running on a trickle until it appears. If this is occurring frequently or you cannot seem to get rid of if you may want to consider calling a professional plumber Northampton.

Stagnant Smell

Sometimes you can encounter a stagnant smell coming from your drinking water pipework; this often indicated there is a blockage or potential build-up of waste, which will make the drinking water smell.

Before calling a plumber, we recommend giving the pipework or drain a thorough clean with ordinary domestic cleaner. However, after doing so, you still have a horrible smell we highly recommend giving your local plumber a call.

Why be safe when it comes to drinking water

You must ensure the right pipes are used for drinking water as some will corrode and deteriorate much quicker than others. PVC and CPVC are great options for your drinking water as they expand and are less likely to freeze during the cooler months. If you are ever unsure on what pipework to use for your drinking water ensure you consult a qualified plumber.

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