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sweaty 10-24-2012 11:57 PM

Copper Has Anti-Microbial Properties?
 
I've read that copper kills bacteria. Does this make copper pipe better than other materials for homes?

md2lgyk 10-25-2012 07:30 AM

I have never heard of that. Nor do I believe it.

oh'mike 10-25-2012 07:50 AM

Same here----site the source of that myth please.

Alan 10-25-2012 10:09 AM

False, otherwise we would just be plumbing homes in copper instead of putting in chlorine injectors and UV lights.

ddawg16 10-25-2012 10:36 AM

I suspect a different application for copper is being construed as also working for copper pipes.

A mixture of copper and 'other' materials are used in pressure treated wood.....i.e., Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA-C), Alkaline Copper Quat (ACQ-C, ACQ-D, ACQ-D Carbonate), Micronized Copper Quat (MCQ), Copper Azole (CA-B & CA-C, μCA-C)....etc, etc.....the above 'mixtures' pertty much kill anything that goes into the wood.

As an FYI...wood rot is caused by little bugs....real little little bugs.....

Anti-wingnut 10-25-2012 11:58 AM

Wow, the uninformed chiding the uninformed. Resistance to little bugs and creatures is exactly one of coppers strengths. I have a bunch of copper pipe laying about a moss covered hell-hole on my property. No moss, molde etc on those pipes, unlike the plastic pipes stored next to it.
http://www.copper.org/antimicrobial/homepage.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimic...ties_of_copper

That is why copper is used in some PT wood. That doesn't make it a suitable medium for treating domestic water. Domestic water is best supplied by pure sources and chemical treatments. Copper is primarily used in domestic water systems because of resistance to corrosion, strength and fire rating.

WMoranCDA 10-25-2012 04:40 PM

Copper is an excellent material choice for home plumbing systems as it offers long-lasting high quality performance. Copper is also an intrinsically antimicrobial material. Mankind has taken advantage of copper’s antimicrobial benefits for thousands of years. Numerous studies have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals proving this. Copper alloy touch surfaces are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as materials that kill certain disease-causing bacteria. They can be used for handrails, door hardware, counter tops, and other touch surfaces where cross-contamination is a concern. However, the benefits are limited to touch surfaces. Antimicrobial claims cannot be made for copper tube in plumbing systems, there is no evidence that the water circulating inside the tube will be disinfected.

Anyone interested in learning more about this property of copper should visit AntimicrobialCopper.com.

Alan 10-25-2012 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Anti-wingnut (Post 1037689)
Wow, the uninformed chiding the uninformed.

:jester:

allthumbsdiy 10-25-2012 09:58 PM

Just to add another anecdotal data point, when I remodeled my shower, I ended up replacing my copper p-trap with a PVC p-trap.

I am finding that I need to clean slimy gunk off PVC p-trap very often versus a copper p-trap that never had this issue.

paintdrying 10-26-2012 12:21 AM

silver
 
I did all my water lines in silver. Bactria is not a problem. Plastic is cheap an easy. I will not use it for water lines. Add the right water filter.

Alan 10-26-2012 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by allthumbsdiy (Post 1038071)
Just to add another anecdotal data point, when I remodeled my shower, I ended up replacing my copper p-trap with a PVC p-trap.

I am finding that I need to clean slimy gunk off PVC p-trap very often versus a copper p-trap that never had this issue.

Are you sure it was copper, not brass? I haven't seen too many copper traps. Usually only if the copper color is important.

Evstarr 10-26-2012 01:48 PM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying
I did all my water lines in silver. Bactria is not a problem. Plastic is cheap an easy. I will not use it for water lines. Add the right water filter.

What?

ddawg16 10-26-2012 02:05 PM

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Originally Posted by paintdrying (Post 1038135)
I did all my water lines in silver. Bactria is not a problem. Plastic is cheap an easy. I will not use it for water lines. Add the right water filter.

I'm yanking out my copper pipes and putting in Lead pipes.....I hear the lead blocks radon and xrays making the water safer to drink.

Alan 10-26-2012 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Evstarr (Post 1038368)
What?

LOL'ed.


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Plump 10-29-2012 05:28 PM

Isn't copper also a choice to help keep mold/mildew off your shingles? Not too sure about bacteria but it certainly has some sort of growth-inhibiting properties.


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