What is Repiping?
As a homeowner, you can expect plumbing issues will occur from time to time. While isolated pipe leaks are to be expected from time to time, frequent or recurring leaks are usually a sign that the entire system is deteriorating and needs to be replaced. If you are experiencing ongoing plumbing issues, particularly if your home is older, it may be time to consider repiping. Repiping is the process of removing the old hot and cold water pipes throughout the entire home and replacing them with new pipes.
When to Consider Repiping
- Your house has lead or galvanized steel pipes
- Your home’s plumbing system is over 20 years old
- You have low water pressure due to corrosion or mineral buildup within your pipes
- You have broken pipes and/or are experiencing chronic leaks
- The water flowing from your taps is rust-colored or has a bad taste or smell
- You are planning to do a remodel
When it comes to repiping, copper or PEX pipes are used in almost all new plumbing installations. Both PEX and copper pipes are viable options for your home’s water supply lines. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, so it’s important to evaluate both options so that you can make the right choice for your repiping project.
Copper Plumbing Pipes
Copper has a longer lifespan than PEX pipes. While you can expect PEX to last for 30 to 50 years, copper piping will outdo it by about two decades, with a typical lifespan of 50 to 70 years.
Copper is a more durable option that isn’t susceptible to rodents or sunlight. These pipes can easily handle water pressure of up to 1,000 psi. They deal with both hot and cold conditions well.
Copper pipes are an environmentally friendly option because the copper is completely recyclable when the pipes reach the end of their lifespan. Copper is also free from some of the chemicals associated with PEX pipes.
PEX Plumbing Pipes
PEX Pipes are a durable and cost-effective alternative to copper pipes. The “PE” in the name stands for polyethylene, and the “X” signifies cross-linking, which is a way of binding the molecules in the plastic in bridge-like shapes, which increases strength and longevity.
PEX Pipes are flexible and have fewer joints, which means fewer installation labor hours. In addition, PEX pipes can be snaked through finished walls, so there are fewer instances of cutting out drywall during the installation process. It is a versatile solution for indoor plumbing projects, but it should not be used outdoors. The ultraviolet rays in sunlight break down PEX material, leading to cracks and hardening within a matter of months.
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