Copper pipes: the pros and cons

Copper is a widely used and trusted metal for plumbing, but what are the pros and cons of copper piping?


Due to the heat and electrical conductivity of copper and its malleability and resistance to corrosion, it has many industrial uses, according to the Government.

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Copper’s versatility makes it the perfect choice for plumbers. Copper pipes come in a range of designs which can transport clean water or waste. They are a good option for high-pressure water systems like power showers and sewage drains. There is a wide range of copper pipe connectors available to suit specific drainage systems, such as the examples seen here:


Copper pipes can last for more than 50 years, making them suitable for replacing the pipes in your home. They are also more resistant to corrosion than pipes made from cast iron, which means they can last a long time before wearing out. And while water can corrode steel pipes, copper pipes can be repeatedly used for water usage.

Green credentials

Copper is widely recyclable, making it a great choice for those concerned about the environment and reducing their carbon footprint. Recycled copper piping is often used for industrial machinery. And if you are doing a renovation project, you can easily take copper pipes to your local recycling facility instead of discarding them.

Keep cool

Copper can withstand very high temperatures, up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, which means it is often used in commercial buildings such as cafes and restaurants. As the average water temperature in a home is between 120 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit, you can rest assured your copper piping will cope.



Copper is two to three times more costly than other pipe materials, but you are paying for the quality.

Can affect water

Copper pipes need regular maintenance to avoid corrosion which could give your water a metallic taste.

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If the temperature plunges to below zero, copper pipes can burst, resulting in damage to your property. The good news is you can buy insulation to prevent this.

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