Many homes were originally plumbed with galvanized iron pipes, which over time will rust and corrode. Corrosion actually reduces the inside diameter of the pipe, so the longer this process goes on, the smaller the opening of the pipe becomes. This means less water is flowing to every faucet, shower or toilet in your house. This is what most people are experiencing when they say, Low Water Pressure. Then there are those microscopic bits of rust and other minerals being released in the water you drink, bathe in and cook with.
When you have hot or cold water leaks, poor flow, low water pressure and other symptoms starting to appear in your home, a whole-house repipe is usually the best solution. Engaging in “endless” small repairs, over time will cost you far more than a repipe done in one day.
There is a choice between 2 high-quality materials that can be used to repipe your house. PEX, and Copper pipes. There are advantages to both and really it depends on your preference and budget. Call us today and we can answer your questions. 253-850-1536.
Benefits of Copper
For interior copper repiping we use Type L hard copper which is thicker than required by code. For our copper repipes all the fittings are brass, bronze or copper. For main water service we use Type L Copper tubing or PEX.
- Natural product that is environmentally friendly
- Resistant to corrosion
- Requires fewer supports
- Leakproof joints
- Reliable in the long term
- inhibits bacterial growth
- will not support combustion
- Maintains integrity under extreme conditions
Advantages of Pex
PEX is a flexible plastic tubing product that has been used for more than 35 years in radiant floor heating, fire safety systems and is a popular choice for modern plumbing and repiping. For our PEX interior repiping projects we prefer high quality Uponor Wirsbo AquaPex or Rehau RAUPEX. For main water service we use Type L Copper tubing or PEX.
- Corrosion resistant
- Free of metal contaminants
- Resists pitting and scale buildup
- Dampens rushing water noise
- Eliminates water hammer and singing pipes
- Retains heat in hot-water lines
- Resists condensation on cold-water lines
- NSF International Certification for water purity
Is a Repipe very Expensive?
No. Having a plumber come out to find and repair a leak will require time to locate the problem. Time to cut out and replace the copper or iron pipe. And time, finding a drywall contractor or handyman to patch the holes, if the plumber won’t do that. Repipes are more efficient, because the crews are trained to get in, get the job done well and get out, usually all in one day. A second day for inspection and patching.