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Can 10mm Plastic Pipes Be Used for Floor Heating

Can 10mm Plastic Pipes Be Used for Floor Heating


That’s right – positioned beneath the floor, 10mm plastic pipework might even be the very best option to link up to your central heating supply.More than up to the task of safely heating the home, there’s a few traits that define plastic plumbing as an excellent underfloor heating choice.


One such key characteristic is its flexibility – the 10mm pipes can run up to 25 metres beneath the floor without the requirement for any joints


There’s also no need for flame or soldering with 10mm plastic pipes, in contrast to the case with metallic options or copper piping. Such plumbing is far more solid, difficult to manoeuvre and therefore time-consuming to install underneath the floor. Especially so in a compact property, where there’s quite literally little wiggle room for the fitting.


And as well as saving time with plastic pipework, you also have the potential to save a significant amount of money when selecting it over other types.


For your peace of mind, plastic pipes are properly constructed in line with British standards, and tested to a 10 bar pressure gauge. Furthermore, they offer better resistance to the elements, so are much less likely to freeze in colder winter climes.As if all that wasn’t enough, they’re much easier and cheaper to repair if a leak ever was to occur.


What’s my advice if you have 8mm or 10mm plastic pipes but want to upgrade?


If you’re faced with this problem my advice is to take a longer term view of your heating system ambitions. Find a plumber you can trust to help you get a decent idea of the heating system you want for the foreseeable future of your property. Whether you can fund the upgrade in one go or need to do it in stages, it means that you upgrade things in the right order and always to increase the health and performance of the system. Sometimes this means refitting pipes throughout part of the property.


I recommend at least 15mm gauge for most jobs and ensure new installs I do always use them where appropriate. I don’t mind sharing that I practise what I preach. In my own home the heating system that came with my house was using small gauge pipe. I’m very satisfied to say that I ripped it all out and installed a much more capable 22mm and 15mm pipe system and an ideal boiler. Now as I’m upgrading my radiators (I’m going for vertical ones) the system has more than enough capacity to cope happily with the new demands.


If you have already upgraded to oversized radiators and are having issues but don’t want to upgrade to larger pipes right now, often the best course of action is to replace larger radiators (especially on the ground floor), with smaller ones. This can ease the issue and return a system to health but it may take the radiators you want off the menu until the fundamental issue with pipe size is addressed.




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