Recent events have made everyone more aware of the dangers of old lead pipes. Corrosion due to contaminated water supplies and simple old age can cause high levels of lead to leach into your drinking water, endangering your family’s health. If you need to have your pipes replaced or are constructing a new home, you need to carefully consider which type of pipe is best for budget and your health. Copper Copper has a long history of being used for plumbing pipes and is still considered the top-of-the-line choice for homeowners. It is a “clean” metal in that it will not enter your drinking water, and it is also durable and recyclable. The price of copper has risen in recent years, so using it for your plumbing will increase the cost of your project. Also, mining copper is hard on the environment, so if you want to “go green,” copper is not a good choice. Copper does have an estimated life of fifty years, so once you install it, you shouldn’t have to worry about replacement until you are retirement age or beyond.  PEX PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene and is the choice for many homeowners due to several factors. The cost to buy and install PEX should be less than copper, and completing the job takes less time.  Proponents of PEX not that it is more energy efficient than some other pipe types. This material is projected to last for decades, but it has only been around for about ten years, so you cannot be sure that these estimates are correct. Some experts believe it will actually last longer than copper.  CPVC CPVC is an upgrade from your basic PVC pipe, those pipes made from a type of white plastic. CPVC has a higher level of chlorine, so it can be used for hot and cold temperatures.  It will not corrode, and it’s smooth interior allows you to enjoy a higher rate of water flow. This material is affordable and should also last for decades. Choosing the right pipe material for your project means considering several factors. Cost is obviously important, but you need to consider how long the pipes will last and how well they will perform. Unlike old lead pipes, the above choices will not pollute your water, a major concern in this country, currently. Research the available materials and consult with your contractor to find the material that makes the most sense for you and your family. To learn more, contact a company like Towers-Murray Plumbing Co...