It is not uncommon for a homeowner to experience occasional plumbing problems. Usually, localized plumbing repairs are enough to correct the problem. However, when the issue becomes both frequent and extensive, as a homeowner you need to consider re-piping.
The need for re-piping is occasioned by fly-by-night plumbers who are desperate to make a quick buck. They might give what seems to be a low quote compared to more established commercial plumbing companies like Plumbing Troopers, but in the long run, you will end up paying a hefty price.
At Plumbing Troopers we have five-star ratings from our previous clients for work that we have done for them. The quality of our work speaks for itself and you will never need another company to come and correct our mistakes as we make none.
What Is Re-piping?
Re-piping is defined as the process of replacing supply pipes in a business or dwelling. It is important to understand that re-piping does not involve replacing sections of a pipe, neither should it be considered to be a temporary fix.
Re-piping means that your entire supply plumbing system is getting overhauled.
Apart from a job badly done, there are a number of reasons that make residential re-piping necessary in relation to corrosion. Corroded pipes result in:
- Low water pressure
- Rust-colored water
- Decreased water flow
Most homeowners prefer to do re-piping at the same time they are remodeling their homes. It goes without saying that re-piping should be done before finishing the walls or painting.
It is important that homeowners have a firm grasp of the scope of the project before they start work.
There are certain signs that give away a problematic piping system such as:
- Isolated leak
- Corroded valves
- Small portion of existing pipes that is leaking
- Cracked valves
Re-piping involves the installation of a new copper re-pipe system. This process usually involves removing the old accessible pipes and replacing them with a new plumbing system.
During re-piping, the following features will be added to your plumbing system:
- Kwik ¼ turn ball type water stops
- Stainless steel water supply lines
- USA type L hard copper
Once the new piping system has been installed, Plumbing Troopers will turn the water back on in order to test the pressure. The system will then be flushed out.
The re-piping process is a long one and will normally take anywhere between 1 and 3 days.
Once the re-piping is done, Plumbing Troopers will perform the required wall patching.
We will then do a final inspection to ensure that your system is working efficiently and to avoid any more work getting done on your home’s piping system.
During standard re-piping projects, it is common to have installation of new cold and hot water piping done from your home’s source of water to all of your existing fixtures and faucets.
Unless you specifically ask us to include drain fixtures and replacement, it will not be included in the quote that we send you.
Different materials are used to re-pipe a home. Materials used in water supply re-piping include:
The metal pipes are made from galvanized steel, copper, brass, and iron.
Plastic pipes are made from Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), Poly Ethylene (PE), Chlorine Poly Vinyl Chloride (CPVC), Kitec, and Polybutylene (PB).
We usually advise against using plastic pipes as you are likely to end up embroiled in lawsuits.
This is because some of the fittings are usually made for cheap by overseas companies that have very little quality control.
Many of the plastic pipes made abroad tend to have questionable joining methods. So instead of threading, plastic pipes are crimped, banded, and glued together.
When plastic pipes blow a joint they are notorious for causing water damage as they usually blow apart. They also become brittle with heat and age.
In addition, there are issues with plastic that arise due to their molecular structure.
Where the pH levels of the water might be problematic, we do recommend a CPVC re-pipe.
One of the trends that has emerged in re-piping is sand-blasting a thin pipe then using epoxy paint to paint the inside of the worn pipe.
In some cases during the sandblasting process, the sandblasting might blow through the wall of the pipe and joints.
Some of those spots will immediately start to leak while sometimes it might take a couple of days or weeks.
Epoxy-coated pipes that are leaking, end up needing to be properly re-piped when installing a CDA copper re-pipe.
Due to all the issues that are presented by plastic piping, copper re-piping is the industry standard. The downside to this is that copper is more expensive than plastic and keeps growing more expensive.
Advantages of PEX Piping
Even though PEX piping is associated with many challenges, not everything about PEX piping is bad. Below are some benefits you stand to gain from if you choose to use PEX in your home’s re-piping project.
- Cost-Effective and Flexible
PEX pipes are easy to install as they are flexible and do not have many joints as alternative piping material.
- Simple Design
Most plumbing issues such as leaks occur in joints. Since PEX pipes do not have as many fittings as alternative piping material, it significantly reduces chances of a leak happening.
Due to its flexibility, PEX is more quieter compared to rigid piping. This means that you do not need to be concerned with experiencing ‘singing pipes’ or ‘water hammer’. In addition, the sound of rushing water becomes significantly reduced.
- Resistant To Temperature
PEX pipes show high resistance to both low and high temperatures. They also have the ability to contract and expand as water thaws and freezes. This means that PEX pipes are your best bet against freeze-breaks.
PEX re-piping retains heat for a longer duration while offering resistance to condensation in cold-water lines.
- Fast-flowing Clean Water
PEX piping has a smooth interior that is not susceptible to corrosion or mineral build up. It also does not scale or pit. All of these characteristics mean that water that flows in PEX piping stays clean and that the water continues to flow fast.
- PEX Re-piping
By using PEX for your re-piping projects, you will be cutting energy and water consumption hence reducing utility bills. This is especially true when the ‘home run’ concept is implemented. PEX repiping cuts on the amount of water that requires purging before the hot water gets to the fixture.
When hot water is delivered quickly, it reduces waste in addition to reducing the stress that is exerted on the water heater.
- Friendly to the Environment
Unlike most plumbing materials, PEX plumbing has an insignificant impact on the environment which makes it one of the best materials out there for homeowners that would like to use sustainable materials.
- Lasts a Lifetime
One of the characteristics that PEX piping shares with copper piping is that it lasts for a long time. According to laboratory testing, PEX pipes are capable of lasting up to 200 years.
In addition, PEX piping comes with a 25 year warranty.
Hard USA manufactured copper is the type that should be used in re-piping. When installing it, Plumbing Troopers plumbers ensure that it is properly installed and protected.
We do not use soft copper for any re-piping projects.
Plumbing Troopers takes care to protect the copper pipe with plastic sleeving when the soil becomes hot.
It is unwise to bury copper piping under concrete slabs so we never do it.
To avoid damage to the copper pipes when soil becomes compacted, we will only bury copper pipes under clean soil or sand that is free from rocks.
In case the copper pipes make penetrations in concrete, the pipes should be protected or wrapped and given adequate allowance for settling and movement.
In order to make educated decisions when it comes to re-piping, we encourage homeowners, consumers, and potential homeowners to take the 12-point test. You will notice that only copper can answer yes to the question outlined below:
1. Does the plumbing material used in your home’s plumbing have a proven performance record?
2. Can it easily block contaminants from permeating its walls?
3. Can the joints of your plumbing material tolerate sudden temperature and pressure changes?
4. Does it perform well under all weather conditions and can it easily get thawed?
5. Is it resistant to abrasions and punctures and retains its sturdy quality with age?
6. Does it prevent harmful germs from breeding?
7. When exposed to fire, does it not burn, or give off toxic fumes and smoke?
8. Can it withstand the sun’s ultraviolet rays when used outdoors?
9. Does it have a low lifetime cost of ownership and is it maintenance-free?
10. Does it increase the resale value of your home?
11. Does the plumbing material you have in your home have the approval of building engineers and inspectors?
12. Does the plumbing material have inherent value and quality, or does it offer false economy to competing materials?
Get in touch today to get a quote for your residential re-piping.