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How much do you know about CPVC pipes?

| Mar 4, 2015 | Construction Law |

Most residential real estate developers will go above and beyond in order to make their dwellings as desirable as possible to prospective buyers. For example, most understand the need to invest in those amenities that have been proven to have broad appeal such as granite countertops, hardwood floors and new appliances.

Furthermore, these same residential real estate developers also understand that using quality building materials is paramount, as today’s home buyer is more savvy than ever, and will walk away if they feel that the dwelling is poorly constructed.

In keeping with this idea, it’s important for real estate developers to be aware that many professional plumbers are now speaking out about a certain type of pipe that they say may cause major problems further down the road.

What is the type of pipe in question?

The type of pipe that professional plumbers are speaking out against is CPVC pipes, which should not be confused with PVC pipes.

What exactly is wrong with CPVC pipes?

The primary criticism against CPVC pipes is that they can become increasingly brittle over time such that they finally crack and the glue joints deteriorate. Indeed, many professional plumbers warn that the lifespan of the pipes can be even more limited in places like Florida, which is excessively hot and humid.

Do CPVC pipes really deteriorate to that extent?

According to some plumbers, CPVC pipes under sufficient stress could snap thanks to such seemingly mundane occurrences as bumping them while mopping or attempting to turn off a toilet valve.

Are all plumbers speaking out against CPVC pipes?

No, some maintain that using it is not only in compliance with the plumbing code, but that it is a good product when installed properly.

Are there viable alternatives to CPVC pipes?

Many professional plumbers are installing PEX pipes as alternative to CPVC pipes, believing them to be more durable and have a better warranty.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you have any experience with CPVC pipes? If so, do you agree with this consensus or are these criticisms overblown?

Consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about your rights and your obligations under both state and federal law if you are an owner, developer, general contractor or subcontractor looking to get a project off the ground in the right way.


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