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jamiedolan 09-02-2008 02:50 PM

Copper Drains
With the cost of copper, would you still put copper drains in your own home when doing a remodel.

Do you feel it is worth it to use copper drains over PVC.

Some 50 year old kitchen copper drains I recently removed, had not a spec of build up inside of them. How does PVC do over the long haul?


Mike Swearingen 09-02-2008 06:19 PM

Not worth the extra cost in my book.
PVC is just fine and it won't ever leak through with pinholes, etc. due to acidic water or whatever like coppr might do.
Good Luck!

Termite 09-02-2008 06:42 PM

Nothing wrong with copper, but modern PVC drain materials have made it both expensive and impractical. No way, I'd never recommend going back in with copper drains on a remodel. I can honestly say I've never seen anyone do it either!

majakdragon 09-03-2008 12:10 PM

Besides being cost prohibitive, copper really doesn't have anything over PVC. Many times, urine will corrode copper. PVC is also quieter than copper, even though not as much as cast iron.

jamiedolan 09-04-2008 06:00 PM

A drain cleaning place had told me that from kitchens that they never see any grease build up in copper pipes, but in pvc and cast they do.

When we cleaned out my drains, the cast in the basement that the kitchen dumps into was quite filled up with grease and build up, but the copper had nothing in it. Now sure if this was really a result of it being copper or if the cast is just more likely to have problems.

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