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    Hot Well Drains

    I've got several hot wells, grouped into 2, 3 and 4 wells that have 5/8" copper drains. The drains for each group of wells are manifolded together where each well has its own valve in order to drain the water when the well needs emptied at the end of the day. Over the years, for one reason or another, the drains have been "repaired", which means they aren't draining like they need to and, in some cases, the valves are leaking.

    I'd like to re-pipe the drains and change valves as needed, but the area under the wells is not really conducive to cutting, fitting copper and soldering. So, I'd like to do everything in CPVC. I think CPVC is rated at 180F at 100 PSI, but since they are drains, there is no pressure on the pipe and fittings.

    Do you see any issues using CPVC and fittings for the drains instead of copper?
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    Hey Pard, I don't feel there would be a problem with switching to Cpvc. Just wondering why. When I've had problems with the lines stopping up I cut the copper, and when finished added braided pvc tubing and hose clamps. You will find the same issues with the cpvc., and it gets more brittle with age. the braided pvc fix works for those spots where you need to cut the drain loose to pull the wells up to replace parts in areas where my fat butt won't fit to access wells from the bottom too.

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    Thanks for the help. Before y'all responded, I thought about it some more and nixed going the CPVC route. I'll go back with copper, copper fittings and use braided PVC tubing in places where it will make it easier to take apart the drains when I need to access the heating elements or change out the wells. Again, thanks for the advice! For the record, I am NOT looking forward to spending several hours on my back under these hot wells!
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    If your going to replumb it then why not place clean out ports where you can snake out the drain when it gets plugged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EjBreeze View Post
    If your going to replumb it then why not place clean out ports where you can snake out the drain when it gets plugged.
    That's certainly an option.
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