PEX Repiping and Copper Repipe

What is a copper repipe and how much will it cost?
If you live in a house or building that’s been built more than 20 years ago, there’s a higher probability that the water pipes throughout your home are made of galvanized material. A galvanized pipe will corrode as time goes on and will require repiping to prevent further damage, wear and material corrosion of your existing pipes. Galvanized pipe corrosion in the home can cause a drop in water quality and may even cause health concerns. A copper repipe is the removal or bypass of existing pipes, replaced by clean, brand new copper pipes. The copper pipes used are among the finest quality copper available and has a lifetime guarantee. The cost of a copper repipe varies on your specific plumbing layout and your home size. In more cases than not, the cost of copper repiping with Repipe Specialists is half of what a local plumber would charge.

What are the symptoms I should look for?
If you experience water pressure loss, your water is discolored or has a metallic taste, you notice a slab leak or you discover leaks or pipe corrosion, it is time for you to replace your old water pipes by with new copper pipes. These vital clues and symptoms are often the early indicators of major internal pipe corrosion. This may also cause leaks within your house, which can often be attributed to mold or mildew in your walls.

How much time does a copper repipe take?
From start to finish a full repipe of your house only a few days. You don’t have to vacate the house out of fear of not having water or taking a shower. You don’t have to leave your house. Our copper repipe installers and technicians take extra pride in keeping your flooring clean and will take extra care to completely cover your household items and furnishings before the repipe begins. Every Repipe Specialists installation crew always includes a master patcher, who professionally repairs any wall sections that needed to be opened to complete the repipe. There are many clients who are surprised that Repipe Specialists completes the job in just days, leaving very little evidence that a copper repipe had just taken place. In a recent testimonial, a client told us, “When she returned home, my wife couldn’t even find where the patches were done, as your team left no mess or trace that a repipe job had just completed.”

What happens after the repipe?
Among the first things people notice after copper repiping is a dramatic water pressure increase. With age, corrosion and rust had collected inside your old pipes, restricting water flow and lowering pressure. You’ll quickly notice an improvement in your water quality as well. With your copper pipes free of contaminants and corrosion, you’ll find a big difference in the shower, your dishwasher and your clothes washing machine.

More benefits of copper repiping
Replacing your old corroded pipes can also have great cost benefits as well. Replacing your old water pipes can help you to prevent many problems in the future. Pinhole leaks and inferior plumbing will no longer be an issue. Your repipe may eliminate continual and expensive plumbing repairs for many years to come. A copper repipe also adds to the resale value of your home, a huge advantage when putting your house on the market. Home buyers often test water quality before buying a house. After a repipe, your water quality is a valuable selling point in today’s real estate market.

As an alternative to copper repiping, Repipe Specialists can also provide expert PEX repipe installations.

What is PEX?
PEX, sometimes called crosslinked polyethylene is a water supply piping system with many advantages over standard metal pipe made from lead, iron or rigid plastic pipe systems with ABS, CPVC or PVC. PEX is a material that can be installed much faster than metal piping and has fewer fittings and connections. PEX is flexible, resists chlorine and scale and it will not corrode or develop pinhole leaks.

PEX tubing used by repipe specialists is manufactured directly for use by extrusion and is shipped directly and stored in our climate controlled facility. This is a favorable customer advantage in labor costs needed for each job, as typical rigid plastic or long metal piping must be cut down to a manageable size to unlock practical shipping and storage. This enables PEX to have several advantages, including lower shipping and handling costs due to decreased size and weight and better options for storage.

PEX repipe installations don’t need the larger quantity of fittings as rigig piping commonly require. The advanced flexibility of PEX tubing enables it to turn at 90 degree angles without a need for elbow fittings. PEX tubing is unrolled from spools and installation can be done in much longer length without need for multiple coupling fittings.

Attaching fittings to PEX tubing won’t require soldering or torch usage, removing worrisome health and safety hazards involving lead-based solder and acid fluxes used to seal the fittings and connections.

PEX is heavily resistant to pipe freeze breakage than galvanized or rigid plasic pipe.

PEX pipe tubing doesn’t lose heat as easily as metal-based, using less energy and lowering your utility bills.

Water flows much quieter through PEX tubing. The common water hammer sounds of metal-based pipes is virtually eliminated.

PEX plumbing installations are more cost effective. Because PEX is not as costly as metal pipe, less time is spent running pipe and installing pipe fittings than older rigid plastic or galvanized metal piping. By using PEX, fewer fittings as required, which means a decreased chance that you will require future service calls.

How do I get an estimate?
Live operators at Repipe Specialists are available 24/7 to help with your questions and schedule your free estimate. Just call 800-737-4746 anytime to start the process or complete the free repipe estimate request form on this website. Our repipe technicians complete a full examination of your house and plumbing situation, providing you with a detailed, full estimate on the work that is required.