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.
Copper tube can be easily formed into bends, to allow for changes in direction of pipework. Using the correct setting out procedure, bending machines and technique will ensure that perfect bends can be achieved each time.
The temperature resistance of copper is not limited to high temperatures. Copper reacts equally well to cold. As the temperature drops, the strength and ductility of copper increase. This is in sharp contrast to other materials which may, for example, become brittle when exposed to cold.
This is why copper has, for decades now, been the standard material for air conditioning and cooling installations.
Copper can withstand high pressures and temperatures, along with the ease of jointing, bending and clipping, making it the ideal pipework material for wet central heating systems.
Oxygen ingress can cause problems for some ferrous (iron and steel) components in heating systems. Copper offers complete impermeability to oxygen.
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.
Copper pipework services have been in widespread use for years – the result: worry-free, trouble-free installations. With over four million miles of copper installed in the past one hundred years in the UK, copper has proven performance and a pedigree unsurpassed by any other pipework material.
One of copper's most outstanding characteristics is in respect of hygiene. Copper pipes do not release any unknown substances, nor any nutrients that under certain circumstances might promote the growth of microorganisms.
With modern construction techniques and site safety requirements, copper press and push-fit fittings provide fast and efficient jointing techniques that will result in reliable copper installations. Both types of fittings offer flame-free jointing, ideal for the installation of copper building services with fast-track building systems.