Plastic vs. Copper: Piping Options When It Comes To Residential Fire Sprinklers

Piping Options When It Comes To Residential Fire SprinklersWhen it comes to constructing residential dwellings equipped with fire protection systems, the type of piping used is mandated by the Fire Marshal sprinkler code.  According to location in the residence, the two types of piping used accordingly are copper or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC).


Respectably speaking, there are a number of advantages to both materials.


Copper piping has been widely used for years with little problem. Below are a few benefits of copper piping:


  • It is flexible with the ability to bend and minimize joints.
  • It has durability, unlike many other materials. It will not bend or become disfigured.
  • It has a high melting point of 5 times higher than CPVC. It can withstand much hotter temperatures and it won’t burn, combust, or carry fire through walls or ceilings.


CPVC, which is a thermoplastic pipe and fitting material, is a fairly new material to use for piping.  Benefits of CPVC piping are shown below:


  • It is 100% resistant to corrosion, whereas copper can fail with certain waiter and soil conditions.
  • CPVC reduces water flow
  • CPVC will not combust or cause flashover as it has a high tolerance for smoke and flame.



Are you considering having a residential sprinkler system installed in your home?  Let Fire Tech Residential Sprinklers, LLC provide you with exceptional and professional assistance with choosing, installing and maintaining a sprinkler system.


A representative from Fire Tech Residential Sprinklers, LLC is available to answer any questions regarding residential fire protection sprinkler systems. From design to installation, Fire Tech provides top-rate customer service.  Feel free to call us today at either our Clarksburg, MD office at 240-750-0487 or our Westminster, MD office at 410-346-6642.


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