Plumbing implies all drains, water pipes and supply lines along with plumbing fixtures such as faucets, valves, sinks, tubs, toilets and basins. It also includes natural gas and propane piping. You might find these going to your kitchen stove and oven, your fireplace, barbeque/fire pits, laundry hook ups.
Plumbing also includes sewer tie ins, septic tanks and leech fields. We like to use copper water supply lines due to the reliability and longevity of the infrastructure that lies within the framing of the house.
Plastic polyethylene plumbing is commonly used nowadays for water supply and internal piping, but we haven’t been using it long enough to prove its reliability. It is cheaper for material costs, but in most cases, the extra money is taken by the plumber and the homeowner sees, if any, little price reduction. Plastic pipes are glued together and glue has a lifespan. Therefore it is not likely that these plastic parts are going to be reliable after 50 years. Not to mention the strain caused by the tugging of a hose connected to a spigot that’s attached to a piece of plastic pipe after many years may cause a break which could lead to flooding and an insurance claim. A pipe breakage upstairs can easily cause $100,000 worth of damage to sheetrock, carpet, wood flooring, baseboards and internal framing.
Additionally, any exposed plastic plumbing to the elements such as temperature and sun is going to greatly reduce the lifespan of the polyethylene tubbing and glue, whereas copper can withstand drastic temperature changes and heat, and withstand the sun. Polyethylene becomes very brittle in cold weather.
There’s many different styles of plumbing fixtures and can drastically change the style of your kitchen or bathroom. These can be removed and changed for a new look or to improve functionality. There’s a lot of high tech valves that offer accurate temperature control and will automatically adjust hot/cold mixture as hot water runs out. This also can make a safer house for children who might scold themselves with too hot of water.
We also believe that insulating the hot and cold water pipes in the walls increases efficiency as well as makes your house quiet when the water is running. We do this as a standard procedure at DEITE Contracting.