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Consider the majority of the West Coast has installed millions (if not billions) of feet of ABS and with the exception of limited pipe made with a non-virgin filler it has been very reliable. The same thing would have happened with PVC had some crook figured out how to do it.
We have a choice around here and 90% of plumbers choose PVC. You can argue the pro's and con's till you are blue in the face, but the main reason guys use what they use is because it is what the supply houses carry or carried when they first started plumbing.
I prefer the ridgidity of PVC, it feels more substantial than abs, stronger, straighter. We have the choice here, but the majority of guys use PVC, both are readily available. One house carries PVC the other carrys ABS.
The bottom line, PVC is less expensive to purchase from the supply houses.
It has a few flaws of its own though, if temps are very low and you drop pipe or fittings from a ladder you run the risk of them shattering, also in the low temps the glue has a tendency to run out of the hub before it sets up, bad for leaks.
On the plus side I have used a torch to heat up a flush cut piece of pipe and peel it out of a pvc hub, you wont do that with ABS.
It has always been pennies per ftg/ft of pipe cheaper in this area, but when you purchase for an apartment complex it adds up quickly.
I did an apartment complex in Seaside in '97 and we ran it all in pvc/dwv for the cost savings, major drawback was we arrived on the job Monday morning with 3 Plumbers chompin at the bit and 4 12 unit buildings ready to underfloor, but the supply house only dropped 1 case of 4x3 wyes, "mom n pop" hardware stores in that region don't stock pvc/dwv.
ABS seems to me hold up better in the sun light or exposed to the sun, IMO
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I started using pvc when it became more available here in 2001. I like it better for the reason the pipe is straighter and stays staight even on the pipe racks at the shop. Our local Ferguson's carries abs and pvc. If I have to I will use an abs fitting with pvc with transition glue. If its not visible.