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The Case for Copper

woobagoobawoobagooba Member Posts: 42
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xgqkyw/copper-destroys-viruses-and-bacteria-why-isnt-it-everywhere?utm_source=pocket-newtab

I'm in the middle of making a PEX versus copper decision for an ongoing reno. Probably will do a mix.

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  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 10,665

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xgqkyw/copper-destroys-viruses-and-bacteria-why-isnt-it-everywhere?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    I'm in the middle of making a PEX versus copper decision for an ongoing reno. Probably will do a mix.

    Does it still work if the copper is green? How do you stop poles, hand rails etc from turning green?

    Does it still work after build up lines copper water pipes?

    The reports I saw on COVID-19 said it lasts for up to 4 hours on copper.
    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • pecmsgpecmsg Member Posts: 1,223
    Copper hasn't done much for the spread of Legionnaires Disease.
  • ChrisJChrisJ Member Posts: 10,665
    pecmsg said:

    Copper hasn't done much for the spread of Legionnaires Disease.

    I'm thinking it's more of a "Yeah, it does help some, but you still need to disinfect things so it's no magical cure" type things.

    Single pipe quasi-vapor system. Typical operating pressure 0.14 - 0.43 oz. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment
  • mattmia2mattmia2 Member Posts: 1,028
    The inside of the pipe tends to build films of minerals and organic matter that insulate the water from contact with the metal.
  • CLambCLamb Member Posts: 65
    CuVerro claims anti-microbial properties for tubing made of its copper alloy. From a quick perusal of its manufacturing partners it doesn't look like any tubing manufacturer is using it yet. https://cuverro.com/products/copper-tube-rod
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