What’s the difference between copper and PVC pipes?

Traditionally, copper has been the preferred material of choice when it comes to household piping.  Now, PVC pipes are a popular alternative to copper.  So is there really a difference?

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Unlike plastic, copper pipes can corrode over a long period of time when combined with water and air.  The copper can disappear, and your water may have a metallic flavour, which may not be so delicious, unless you like eating magnets. However, plastic does not corrode under water and air.

Installing copper pipes require welding.  Although some say this makes the connections sturdier than plastic connections, it may take longer.  On the other hand, fitting plastic pipes can be quick due to its flexibility.  But the rubber connections may not be as durable as welded copper.  Some plumbers, particularly those who have been around for awhile, might find it easier to install copper pipes rather than plastic ones.  Plastic really only became increasingly popular over the last 30 years.

Lastly, the rising price of copper may also mean plastic is the cheaper option.  But this is not necessarily the case all the time as the cost of fitting plastic can also be expensive, depending on the extent of your work.  If you’re going to carry out piping works in your home, it might be a good idea to ask for a cost breakdown for copper piping and PVC piping so you can make a comparison.

Mr Chia is an experienced plumber in KL and has been hired numerous times on Kaodim.  Chia is well versed with the use of copper or PVC pipes and is one of the many reliable and knowledgeable plumbers who can advise you professionally on choosing copper or PVC pipes for your home.

Alan who lives in Ara Damansara recently negotiated a price and fixed an appointment with Chia to resolve his plumbing problem in his apartment all through Kaodim’s platform.  “The plumbers responded quite fast to my request on Kaodim, but Chia followed through when I sent him pictures of my plumbing problem.” said Alan.

Plumbing services is one which Kaodim receives many requests for.  Kaodim continues to expand its database of reliable plumbing services in Malaysia to address this demand.  You can compare and negotiate plumber rates on Kaodim’s platform so you can make the most informed decision in carrying out any plumbing repair or installation work.