12:35PM | 09/26/07
Member Since: 09/25/07
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We are getting ready to re plum our 1950's Rancher that currently has lead pipe, our question PVC or Copper? Which is best? I do not plan on selling so which has the best life? Money is a concern but will spend what we need to do the best we can.


11:05AM | 09/27/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
Excuse me BUT are you taking about potable water or waste or vent piping

Lead pipe was used for many ,many years for water mains and there are a few million homes still with lead mains

Lead pipe was and is used fro drain and vent lines

Copper is used for DWV , Domestic water supply

PVC is used for drainage and vent and lawn furniture

choosing the BEST materials one would have to know what the application is for

IF it is for lets say drainage then NO HUB cast Iron above ground Rules

If your talking water supply then you already took a water sampling so you KNOW the PH factor


02:06PM | 09/27/07
Member Since: 09/25/07
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Potable Water lines are the topic here. We have a full unfinished basement that gives us full access to the lines (galvanized) that exist but due to the cronic build up we would like to change to what would be considered the "BEST" product for preformance and duration, let alone cost.. We plan on being here at least another thirty years and hope to never do this task again. Yes, we did have the local utility company come out and test the H2o and was told all was ok.

Thanks for the questions!


11:30AM | 09/28/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1626 lifetime posts
I use copper type L above ground type K below for domestic water supply

I don't care for plastic as I do not know what carcinogenic may leach into the water.

Also copper has a track record over over 5,000 years and plastic has a great number of failures already documented


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