Monday, August 17, 2015

Quality Brass Plumbing Ensures Satisfaction

Delivering water to every part of the house 24/7 can put a lot of stress on your home’s plumbing. This is why you’ll want your system built from quality materials.

Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, is one of the many different materials used in metal plumbing fittings today. Since equal proportions of copper and zinc make the pipe susceptible to corrosion, a brass tube for plumbing would ideally be made with 67 to 85 percent copper and 15 to 33 percent zinc. The best grade of brass pipes, also known as the red brass pipe, is made of 85 percent copper. Brass pipes will not be affected by water, unless the water contains ammonia or is soft.

Resistance to corrosion is another property which makes brass tubes the ideal material for plumbing fittings, especially in areas with a highly corrosive water supply. Brass fittings are best suited for distributing hot water in a household, due to the metal’s remarkable conductivity and ductility, which enable them to withstand high temperatures.

Brass doesn’t easily disintegrate or crack, and, once installed, it could retain its good condition for many years--even centuries, as seen from the performance of solid brass fittings in historic homes. Brass fittings also come in different shapes and sizes, making it easier for builders to use in plumbing installations based on precise specifications. Furthermore, particularly for exposed plumbing fittings, brass has high decorative value that homebuyers hold in high regard.

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