When the temperature drops, exposed valves, pipes, and irrigation systems are at risk of freezing. Make sure to properly insulate and cover these vital systems. Also, take the time to evaluate the available pipe materials for the building’s purpose.
Apartment buildings, hospitals, and offices may have very different plumbing needs, but they all share the need for pipes to keep working, even during unpredictable winter weather. AAA Plumbers in Houston has some advice on selecting the right product to keep things flowing:
Copper Pipes: Highly durable, resists corrosion, safe for hot and cold water supplies, and can stand up to high pressure, making it an ideal choice for refrigerant lines and underground service conduits.
Stainless Steel Pipes: Expensive, but it is the preferred option for areas in which corrosion is a major concern and strength is a priority.
Cast-Iron Pipes: Designed to stand up to high pressure and carry large amounts of liquid. Cast-iron offers superior fire resistance and noise-suppression capabilities for waste disposal in apartment buildings and condominium complexes.
Brass Pipes: Rustproof and corrosion-resistant. Brass is among the most durable and longest lasting choices for commercial plumbing installations.
PEX Pipes: High tolerance for heat and cold. PEX can be bent around obstacles to allow easier installation and replacement, but it is not suitable for outdoor use because of its reactivity with ultraviolet light.
PVC Pipes: Reacts poorly to extended exposure to heat or ultraviolet light, which restricts its use primarily to indoor and drainage applications. PVC is usually rigid and require fittings to achieve turns and to avoid obstacles, and it will split or break rather than expand in freezing temperature conditions.
CPVC Pipes: An inexpensive choice. CPVC is capable of standing up to exposure to heat. It is usually approved for the delivery of drinking water and other water supply applications, but it will break rather than expand to accommodate freezing liquid.
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