Plugged 2" copper drain

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  1. Nyrik

    Nyrik New Member

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    Can anyone tell me if it is more common to find a 2" copper drain plugged or a 2" PVC drain?

    Also, Should I just replace the copper drain pipe with PVC?

    Thanks!
     
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Neither one is more likely to clog than the other, and there is no reason to just "change" the copper line if it is not deteriorating and leaking.
     
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  4. Wrenched

    Wrenched In the Trades

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    I'd say it's way more common to see blocked 2" copper, but that's mostly because it's likely older and had more time to develop a build up. It's uncommon though not unseen for copper DWV to be installed in a new build.

    The only reason to replace copper drainage is if it's failing, it's installed poorly/has caused a lot of issues, or if it is quite old(50yrs+) -and- a major renovation will make it hard to replace in the future.
     
  5. Sylvan

    Sylvan In the Trades

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    Personally I like to use no hub cast iron as the ells are long radius which makes snaking a lot easier and because of the mass CI is really quiet.

    Also PVC requires a lot more Clevis hangers ( I hate band iron) as PVC can sag and cause back piching and bellies in the piping
     
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