Do I Choose PVC Piping or CPVC Piping?

Whether you are replacing your plumbing, as talked about in last week’s blog, or you are building a new home from the ground up, at some point you will be faced with the decision of choosing your plumbing materials. When it comes to piping, there are several materials to choose from, including copper, galvanized steel, brass, and of course, PVC.

PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, piping is one of the most popular choices due to its durability, longevity, ease of installation, and price-point. If you are leaning toward PVC piping, you are on your way to making a wise decision. However, you may come across a seemingly similar plumbing pipe known as CPVC. If you do come across this term, it may confuse you; but rest assure that there is nothing to be confused about!

Continue reading to learn the difference between PVC and CPVC piping, and be better prepared to make the right decision for your remodeling project.

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PVC Plumbing Pipes

As mentioned, PVC is an acronym for “polyvinyl chloride”, which is a thermoplastic material that is molded into various casts to create commodities like plumbing pipes. In the plumbing industry, you will see PVC in the form of white plastic piping material that is typically used for piping and drainage systems. It is also commonly used to create valves, fittings, and other liquid-management supplies.

CPVC Piping

Now that you have a basic understanding of PVC piping, you can better understand CPVC piping. CVPC piping is really just a cousin to PVC in that it is made from mostly similar thermoplastic materials and used for similar applications. However, there are some significant differences, so both piping materials should not be used congruently. You see, although both piping materials are made using similar ingredients, CPVC piping is altered by a free radical chlorination reaction, which in turn, increases its chlorine content.

What Do These Differences Mean?

The chlorine content in CPVC piping allows the material to withstand a wide range of temperatures, up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. For this reason, many commercial building codes mandate the use of CPVC piping for hot liquid (water) applications. According to ASTM standards, PVC piping is accepted for plumbing applications that do not exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Additional Differences:

PVC uses Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) for sizing, while CPVC using both Nominal Pipe Size (NPS) and CTS (Copper Tube Size) sizing.

Each material requires a different standard of primers and solvents due to the differences in their chemical makeup.

Who to Trust for Plumbing Advice

Contact Weilhammer Plumbing Company at 317-784-1870 for help with your plumbing renovations and remodels. Our Indianapolis master plumbers have been in the plumbing business for over 100 years because we have earned the trust of thousands of Hoosiers all across the city as a result of our professional service and outstanding results. Request a free estimate or advice, today.

Should I Replace My Home Plumbing System?

If your home is decades old, or you have owned your home for more than a decade, it may be time to have the plumbing system replaced. Fortunately, innovative advancements in the industry now provide easier, quicker, and cost-effective options for replacing plumbing pipes and components.

Continue reading to learn important facts about the average lifespan of common plumbing materials, and use this information to decide for yourself if it really is time for you to get new plumbing.

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It can be hard to determine whether or not your plumbing system needs to be replaced, primarily because the majority of the pipes are concealed or underground. This means most homeowners become aware of plumbing problems when something goes wrong. The most common causes for requiring new plumbing is old age, improper installation, lack of maintenance, and poor quality materials.

A good way of knowing when it is time to have your plumbing system replaced is to learn the average lifespans of common plumbing pipe materials. The top five most common plumbing pipe materials are copper, PCV, brass, cast iron, and galvanized steel.

Here are there expected lifespans:

Galvanized Steel – Galvanized steel plumbing can last 20 to 50 years.

Copper – Copper plumbing can last up to 50 years or more.

Brass – Brass plumbing usually lasts between 40 to 45 years.

Cast Iron – Cast iron plumbing can last 75 to 100 years.

PVC – PVC (polyvinyl chloride) piping can last indefinitely.

Not sure what kind of plumbing material was used in the construction of your home? Just check the appraisal or inspection report that was made when you purchased. These documents would have detailed the type of piping material in your home. Can locate these documents? Just contact a professional plumber for an on-site inspection.

The best approach for assessing the current condition and performance of your plumbing is to contact a state-licensed master plumber in Indianapolis for expert evaluations and recommendations. They can determine your exact plumbing needs, including when it is time to have your plumbing system replaced.

Where to Get Trusted Plumbing Advice

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Weilhammer Plumbing Company 317-784-1870

Contact Weilhammer Plumbing Company at 317-784-1870 for licensed Indianapolis plumbing inspections you can trust. Owner and master plumber, Mark Weilhammer, provides a wide range of plumbing repair services for residential and commercial properties at the most competitive prices in town. We have been in business for over 100 years because we have earned the trust of thousands of Hoosiers all across the city as a result of our professional service and outstanding results. Request a free estimate or advice, today.

How to Fix a Slow Draining Sink

One of the most common plumbing problems is a slow draining sink. Although common and quite obnoxious, you’ll be happy to discover that this issue is relatively easy to fix. Even with little to no handiwork experience, it is very likely that you can take on the problem all by yourself.

Continue reading to learn what you need and how to get started!

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Indianapolis Plumbers 317-784-1870

The first step to determining how to fix a slow draining sink is to figure out what is causing the drain obstruction. There are many circumstances that can cause a sink to drain slowly, namely large blockages. Debris like hair, soap residue, food, garbage, and other items can accumulate or get stuck in the drain, which is often the reason why it drains slowly. To learn what’s causing your slow draining sink, you will need to gather some specific supplies. Then to fix your slow draining sink, you will need some more supplies.

Here is What You Will Need:

→ Drain Cleaner (store-bought or homemade; see below)

→ Drain Snake/Auger

→ Plunger

→ Pipe Cleaners

→ Garbage Can or Trash Bag

→ Adjustable Wrench

How to Get Started:

First, use your auger or drain snake tool to clear out any loose debris from the drain. Simply follow the manufacturers’ instructions for using a drain auger. Insert the drain snake deep into the drain, give it a twist, and then slowly pull it out. You will see a lot of nasty residue, hair, dental floss, and other items that have made it down the drain recently.

If you cannot fit your auger into the drain well enough because it has a pop-up (cap-like cover) on top of it, you can remove the pop up and continue cleaning your drain. In fact, even if the auger fits with the pop-up attached, it is better to remove it to begin with in order to get a more thorough clean. Use your adjustable wrench to loosen the nut that connects the pop-up cap to the drain.

If there still seems to be an obstruction of sorts, resort to using your plunger. A plunger will help to dislodge any hair balls or heavy soap buildups, and allow better results with a drain auger and cleaner. Just give your drain a few pumps with the plunger, and work the auger in between. You may need to repeat this step a few times.

Next, you want to use your drain cleaner. You can use a homemade drain cleaning solution, or a store-bought cleaner. See our article, “Homemade Eco-Friendly Cleaning Solutions for Drains and More” to learn how to make your own.

After you have cleaned out any drain obstructions, you are likely done. However, if your sink drain is still draining slowly after the above steps, move onto the sink overflow opening. This is the small round hole in the face of the sink, just below the faucet. The sink overflow opening can sometimes get obstructed with soap residue and other types of sink debris. Use pipe cleaners or another similar, non-abrasive tool to reach inside the opening and pull out (or loosen) any obstructing debris.

Preventing Drain Issues

The only way to prevent a drain blockage in the future is to routinely clean out your sink and shower drains. Regularly use drain cleaner, and periodically snake your drains using a drain auger. Also, be sure to be responsible with your sink drains to prevent other issues. See our article, “Never Put These Items Down the Sink Drain!” to learn more.

Professional Indianapolis Plumbing Service

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Weilhammer Plumbing Company 317-784-1870

Call Weilhammer Plumbing Co. Inc. at 317-784-1870 when you need a licensed Indianapolis plumber you can trust for quality plumbing service and installation at an affordable price. We offer a wide range of standard and master plumber services for both residential and commercial properties. We also offer free estimates, free plumbing advice, and even free haul-away for old plumbing appliances like water heaters, water softeners, sump pumps, and more. Request a free estimate, today.