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The Case for Copper

woobagooba
woobagooba Member Posts: 93
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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  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 11,549

    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
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 1,963
    Copper hasn't done much for the spread of Legionnaires Disease.
  • ChrisJ
    ChrisJ Member Posts: 11,549
    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
  • mattmia2
    mattmia2 Member Posts: 2,863
    The inside of the pipe tends to build films of minerals and organic matter that insulate the water from contact with the metal.
  • CLamb
    CLamb Member Posts: 85
    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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