Home Plumbing Systems -CPVC Piping

Do you know the different types of home plumbing systems? Our “Home Plumbing Systems” four-part series creates an easy access point for piping comparison.

Home Plumbing Systems – CPVC Piping is the third piping system in our four-part series. Do you know the pros and cons about CPVC Piping? If not, then this article will be a great quick read.


Advantages of CPVC Piping
  • Light weight material
  • Less expensive than copper, PEX, or steel
  • Can withstand higher water pressure than copper
  • Because CPVC is plastic it will not corrode
  • It is not as noisy as copper or galvanized steel
  • Does not react to concrete
  • Comes in nominal and copper tube sizes
  • Can handle temperatures up to 200° Fahrenheit
  • There is much less heat transfer (loss of heat) than metal piping
  • No aftertaste from piping
  • 50-70-year life span

Disadvantages of CPVC Piping
  • Not flame resistant
  • The joints are large, making it very inconvenient in tight spaces and prone to leaks
  • If melted, hydrochloride26 and dioxin are emitted and are very toxic
  • Contains chlorine-based chemicals that are harmful to the environment
  • Becomes brittle with degradation and sun exposure


Whether you’re building a new home or just doing some research on your home’s plumbing system, knowing the different types, and the pros and cons is beneficial. We hope you found “Home Plumbing Systems – CPVC Piping” informational! Check out the other articles in our “Home Plumbing Systems” series.

Galvanized Steel Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/galvanized-steel-piping/

PEX Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/pex-piping/

Copper Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/copper-piping/


If your home has an older piping system, schedule your FREE in-home water test to make sure your piping system is keeping your water clean!

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