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Plastic pipes as water pipes? That speaks for it!

A water pipe made of plastic pipe has these advantages

Up until a few decades ago, in-house water pipes were always made of metal, and in the very old days even contained lead. In addition to the expensive stainless steel and the not exactly cheap copper, galvanized steel has established itself as a »cheap variant«.

And now all kinds of plastic pipes are pouring into the market to establish themselves as water pipes in our homes. They have the following interesting advantages:

  • significantly cheaper than copper or stainless steel
  • absolutely corrosion-resistant in contrast to steel
  • easy to lay even by a do-it-yourselfer
  • with a practical plug-in system
  • easy to cut and bend
  • easy cleaning by unscrewing
  • Plastic tube can be used for all water hardnesses
  • Hardly any crusts form on smooth surfaces
  • resistant to the effects of acids and alkalis

What are the disadvantages of plastic pipes?

Many new plastic pipes initially have a coating that comes off over time. As this promotes bacteria, you should not drink your water for a few weeks or months, but only use it as process water.

Also, keep in mind that plastics always emit some chemicals over time, especially when they heat up. These include, for example, plasticizers and certain stabilizers. Inquire about the composition of your chosen pipes.

Approval as a drinking water pipeline naturally offers a certain level of protection. Even so, you probably can't assume that your plastic pipe will deliver the same quality water as a stainless steel pipe could.

If the budget is rather tight, the plastic pipe as a water pipe is almost inevitable. It costs you only around 80 EUR per 100 meters in length, a price that copper reaches after around 15-20 meters and stainless steel after maybe 12 meters.
Author: Elisabeth Fey - Note: All information is without guarantee
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