Many times when a homeowner looks to our team for repiping, they’re not expecting the slew of abbreviations that make up the names of different repiping material. Even worse, this means an unsuspecting homeowner who might pay an amateur to do their repiping service could be goaded into selecting a piping material that just isn’t right for their home.
Without signing up for work with a proper plumber in Boynton Beach, FL you could be one of those customers that signs up for pipe work with a material that would need replacement early, or cause leaks that damage your home. Certain pipe materials, like copper, are more susceptible to pitted corrosion. That’s why you need the handy advice of a professional plumber in the area. Our team offers a wide variety of repiping material and we enjoy explaining how they’re each different to our prospective customers.
Let’s talk pipes.
Check the Material You Have Now
The most important thing to check before you talk to a professional plumber, is to get a good idea of what your home’s plumbing looks like, and why it looks that way. If you’re in need of plumbing and you’ve got galvanized steel pipes, it might be good to take note that those are the most durable but expensive types of pipes available. So, don’t be surprised when your plumber advises replacing them with something like copper or CPVC
Seeing what kinds of pipes you have now could be an insight into what kind of material might have been good for your home before. If your pipes have always been troubling you, and they’re made out of copper, it might be worth mentioning to a plumber that copper just isn’t working well for your home. Though, for everyone starting from scratch—let’s go over the basic piping materials.
Also known as chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, is one of the most common and least expensive repiping materials on the market. Homeowners might know this material from its low cost and ease to produce, while also being able to withhold high temperatures that other affordable materials might not.
While repiping with CPVC is a good idea in general, if your whole home requires repiping, then we rarely recommend it. These pipes can become brittle over time. So, if you’re dealing with a large plumbing system, this could become an absolute nightmare when these pipes need replacing again!
Tried and tested, copper pipes have been around for a long time. They don’t become brittle like CPVC and, while they cost a little bit more to work with, they provide a great way to replace your home’s metal pipes. Though, watch out for pitted corrosion in your soil! This could form holes in your copper pipes over time. Make sure you check to see if you’re susceptible to pitted corrosion.
Also known as cross-linked polyethylene, PEX is on the same level of copper as an affordable and strong solution to repiping. While PEX runs the risk of your pipe splitting, this is usually a rare phenomenon. We often offer PEX repiping as an affordable alternative to copper.
Well, here are three major repiping materials we offer. If you’ve got any other questions—make sure you ask the pros!
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