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Just like most things in life, piping will not last forever. After years of wear and tear, the piping in your home or commercial facility will be due for a new pipe fitting. Piping is used in the home for a variety of purposes and uses. Piping helps with the intake and outflow of water, assists in draining fluids out of the property, and allows gas to flow through for appliances or heating elements throughout the structure.

Piping comes in multiple forms, and each serves a different purpose. It is important to utilize the proper piping material, structure, and fit within your property, as this will reduce the possibilities of malfunctioning that will need additional repiping or maintenance. By utilizing a trusted and professional repiping company, such as California Repipe Specialists, you will guarantee that you are receiving services and structuring that are sure to last. Read on to learn more about different components of repiping, and be sure to let us know about any questions or consultation requests that you may have!

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Repiping Materials

When it comes to repiping, there are generally two main materials associated with the completion of the project. These materials are known as copper piping and PEX piping. While both can be used to assist in the same functionalities, they each provide positives and negatives to using one or the other.

Copper Piping

Copper piping has traditionally been the main material source in piping fittings for homes. Copper is a metal material that is number 29 on the atomic periodic table. Copper has been the choice material of water piping for centuries and has outlived other metal materials in the process. While other metal piping materials such as iron, lead, and galvanized steel show signs of corrosion, high reactivity, and the upbringing of toxins into the water supply, copper tends to avoid these troubles. Copper piping tends to last for around 50 years and needs to be replaced around that time due to simple wear and tear, leaks, or just overall decline in integrity and functionality.

Pros:

  • High resistance to chlorine in normal water conditions
  • Outdoor use
  • 100% recyclable
  • Proven track record of performance
  • Life cycle up to 70 years
  • Bacteria resistance
  • Municipally accepted across the entirety of the United States

Cons:

  • Higher material cost than PEX piping
  • Can burst under cold or freezing conditions
  • Acidic and corrosive water can cause pinhole leaks
  • Difficult to install; requires many fittings and joints

    • Must be installed by repiping specialists
  • Can leave a metallic taste in water used for consumption

PEX (Plastic) Piping

Plastic piping, commonly referred to as PEX piping, is a newer trend in the plumbing industry. These strong cross-linking polymer pipes were perfected in the 1960s and have since risen in popularity among the United States and abroad. This material has become an increasing trend due to its suitable nature as an alternative to copper piping.

Pros:

  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Increased heat retention
  • Increased water pressure
  • More affordable than copper piping in terms of both material cost and labor cost
  • More flexible than copper, allowing for less fittings and joints which can cause leaks

    • More realistic to DIY install, though there is a clear discretion to still utilize a certified plumbing provider
  • Flexibility allows a resistance to cold and freezing conditions, decreasing the likelihood of a pipe burst

Cons:

  • Shelf life only suitable for 40-50 years
  • Plastic is sensitive to sunlight, limiting their use in the outdoor space
  • Non-recyclable
  • Can potentially leach chemicals into water source under extreme conditions
  • Not approved municipally across the United States

Which Material is Best for Your Needs?

The choice between copper and PEX piping is not a simple one, as each comes with pros and cons that can encourage or deter you from choosing that option. Depending on the chemistry of your water supply, the severity of your season’s weather, your budget, building needs, outdoor aspects of your facility, and priorities, one or both options might be viable for you. Consulting with a repiping specialist is the best way to garner advice and services on which material will work best for you. With that in mind, however, either choice will be viable in your plumbing system for the next decades to come.

Repiping Types

We have already covered water repiping for the most part, as it is outlined in the breakdown of the material options covered above. However, the transportation of water in and out of the property is not the only need that calls for a repiping of the facility.

Drain Repiping

Drain pipes carry the remnants of clean water that has been used and converted into wastewater out and away from the home. It is essential for the safety of your home and the rest of the community that this drain water be disposed of properly. Drain pipes that experience leaking, damage, clogged drains, mold appearance, and cross contaminations between fresh and wastewater pose serious risks to the health and safety of your family and the greater community at large.

Drain pipes generally consist of galvanized steel or cast iron, which are generally long-lasting materials. ABS PEX piping can also be used for wastewater as a relatively inexpensive method of repiping your home, though these materials will not be as long-lasting as the metallic alternative.

When repiping the drains in your property, it is important to consult and utilize a trusted plumbing company for an effective and safe transition into your new piping system.

Gas Repiping

Gas pipes carry natural gas to the appliances and heating elements of your home. They are essential in providing warmth and resources for cooking meals. Gas pipes that give off an odor or distinct leaking sound can signal the need for a repiping, which must be taken care of in order to prevent a serious risk of bodily injury to the home’s occupants.

Gas pipes typically consist of a galvanized iron pipe. As these pipes age, they get rusty and decay, which causes buildup in the piping structure. This can constrict the flow of gas and inhibit the effectiveness of appliances and heating elements in the home or structure. In serious cases, the build-up of gas can cause a complete clog, leading to a potential explosion or fire.

When repiping the gas lines in your property, it is essential that you consult with a provider of plumbing services, and be sure to let them know if you have noticed any smells or sounds that possibly point to a leaky piping structure. This will preserve the safety of the crew, your house, and you.

Quality Materials and Repiping Services With California Repipe Specialists

As you can see, pipes are not created equally, and all serve a specific purpose in the quality and practicality of your home. For experienced technicians and quality service, be sure to contact the California Repipe Specialists, and see how we can prepare your home for the upcoming decades.