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What are signs you need to repipe?
The good news is that newer homes have less of a need to repipe. This is a project geared towards homes that are older than 20 years.
Over time your home's pipes start to degrade and will eventually need to be replaced. Catching this problem early can prevent major repair expenses down the road. Homeowners should always be on the look out for the following issues:
- Discolored water
- Lower water pressure
- Higher water bills
- Multiple leaks
- Odd smelling water
- Visible damage to pipes
Even more important: Any home with polybutylene plumbing is a strong candidate for repiping. Polybutylene was once the go-to plumbing pipe material. However, it was quickly discovered that this material broke down quickly and posed a danger to homes that had them in the long run.
Another pipe material that needs to be replaced is galvanized steel. Like polybutylene pipes, galvanized steel is likely to corrode over time and dangerous to keep for the long term.
Which pipe material should you install?
Below we discuss the benefits of copper and PEX pipes, both popular choices among homeowners. The material you use for your repiping project will depend on several factors, including your home’s particular needs as well as your budget. Contact us and we will walk you through the process of choosing the best plumbing material for your repiping project.
Benefits of copper pipes?
For decades, copper pipes have been the safe choice for homeowners:
- Durable: Almost nothing beats copper pipes in terms of durability. It's not unreasonable for homeowners to expect copper pipes to last 100 years or more.
- UV light resistant: Unlike other materials, copper pipes are not easily damaged by the sun's rays. This makes them a great option for outdoor applications.
- Fire resistant: Copper pipes can withstand high temperatures more effectively than other plumbing materials.
Benefits of PEX?
PEX pipes are better on your budget and are just as reliable and durable as copper pipes.
- Better with well water: If your home's water supply comes from a well, then your water's chemical makeup might corrode copper pipes. PEX pipes, however, won't be damaged by well water.
- Fewer leaks: Leaks often occur at a pipe connection or joint. The flexible nature of PEX means that fewer connections are needed than with copper pipes. The end result: when properly installed, homeowners can expect fewer leaks with PEX pipes.
- Lower cost: Thanks to easy installation and practical materials, PEX is an affordable option for homeowners who want reliable pipe material that won’t break the bank.