Pros and Cons of Plastic Piping

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If you’re building a new house or looking to overhaul your home’s plumbing system, you might use plastic piping. Plastic pipes have been a household fixture for decades and can be made of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC), Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX), Polybutylene (PB), or High-Density Polybutylene (HDBP). How do you know if plastic piping is the right choice for your next home improvement project? Here are a few things to consider.


  • Plastic pipes aren’t as susceptible to corrosion as metal pipes are. If your water quality is somewhat acidic, it can take a toll on metal pipes, wearing them away until pinholes and leaks appear. PVC pipes, for example, stand up better to acidic water.
  • Plastic is flexible under water pressure, which can reduce or eliminate any knocking sounds in your pipes.
  • Plastic pipes are much easier to install because they’re lighter than metal pipes and don’t require metal soldering at joints.
  • The expected lifespan of plastic piping is between 40-80 years, depending on the specific material used.
  • Plastic is much less expensive (than copper, for instance).


  • Plastic pipes are bulkier than metal, which limits their use in small spaces.
  • Some plastic materials can warp under exposure to high heat.
  • Like most pipes, they can break if they are frozen.
  • Plastic lacks copper’s antimicrobial effects, and some homeowners consider this a health risk.

It’s best to consult with a professional plumber before undertaking a plumbing and piping system project for your home. At Brian Wear Plumbing, we’re dedicated to providing the best consultation and service, so you can enjoy peace of mind. With decades of experience, our plumbing technicians are happy to help you make the right plumbing decision for your home, family, and budget. For more information on plumbing services and pipes, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you with all your plumbing needs!

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