Copper tube installations have been tried and tested over many years of use in all parts of plumbing and heating systems. Copper's versatility in such a wide variety of situations has resulted in the design and development of many different types of fixing clips and bracketing systems. All pipework systems must be adequately supported if they are to give trouble-free service, especially over the long life of a copper system.
When deciding on the most suitable location for copper pipework, plumbers have to take into account the wishes of the customer for a reliable, quality installation, with minimum amounts of pipework on show, and work carried out at minimum cost. These wishes have to be balanced against the requirements of the various Standards and Regulations.
Copper pipework must be installed so that it is reasonably accessible for inspection and testing, as well as maintenance and repair.
Installation Tips, originally produced by the UK Copper Board, is now the main technical document of the Copper Initiative. Installation Tips is a very popular free reference book for plumbers, contains technical advice and tips for the best installation of copper tube and fittings. Printed copies are no longer available but they are available as individual pdfs, see below.
Copper pipework is ideal for domestic gas installations. It is reliable, durable, impermeable, lightweight and fits into tight spaces. Copper can be joined using a number of proven jointing techniques.
BS 6891:2015 – Specification for the installationand maintenance of low pressure gas installation pipework of up to 35mm (R11/4) on premises - gives information on materials, design and installation techniques for gas systems. The main jointing technique used in domestic gas installations is capillary soldering and joints should be completed in the accepted way.
Copper and a well-designed and maintained pipework system will help to minimise the risk to your customers from diseases that can be communicated through the water service, like Legionella pneumophila.
Specifying and installing copper plumbing systems will go a long way to give peace of mind by affording a reduction in the risk of colonisation of the system by micro-organisms.