Fire and Alarm upgrades by Manna Plumbing

Piping Choices

The most commonly used piping material at present is Uponor Aquapex piping. It is widely used in new construction, as well as re-piping. The product has been in use in B.C. since the mid 90’s, and in Europe since the 70’s. The advantages of Uponor Aquapex over copper are:

  • > Less costly
  • > Quieter
  • > 25 year warranty
  • > No soldering required
  • > More flexibility
  • > Less pipe condensation

Uponor Aquapex is available in sizes ½" to 2".

Copper piping is still the best choice for sizes of 2-1/2", 3" & 4". There are some new products on the market for these sizes, but there is not enough of a proven track record yet. This larger sized piping is normally found in buildings larger than 24 units.

Ductile Iron is commonly used for pipe sizes larger than 4". This piping would be used only on larger buildings of 80 units or more.