Plumbing systems today use a wide array of materials for tubes, pipes, and fittings, each one having its own set of advantages and disadvantages based on the intended application. Common materials range from plastic (PVC) to metal and alloy (brass, steel, copper). Out of all the metals though, brass is considered to be one of the most efficient. Here are reasons why:
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, making it highly durable and resilient. These factors allow it to be an excellent choice for plumbing applications that need long-lasting and non-corrosive materials, like your sewage drains. Brass also doesn’t easily disintegrate nor crack easily in the face of high pressure and extreme temperature.
In a home system where a single crack in the pipeline can be disastrous and costly, malleability is an invaluable asset. Brass is much more malleable than iron or steel, and more flexible than most metal materials, making installation, repair, and maintenance pretty easy and inexpensive.
Even municipal water have varying levels of corrosion per city or locality. Places with highly corrosive water properties can rest easy knowing that with brass fittings and tubing, they won’t have to replace their plumbing fixtures frequently. Brass also doesn’t rust, which explains its high longevity property.