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Repiping? Here Are the Best Materials

sunny-plumbersYou’ve probably noticed that your plumbing system is at a crossroads. The leaks, clogs, and drainage problems are likely to get worse as your pipes get older. You could cross your fingers and hope for the best down the line, or you could be proactive and have your home repiped by professionals.

When investing in repiping in Tucson, you don’t need to just take our word for it. Sure, we’ll give you our expert opinion as your local professional, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t understand the different types of materials that are used for plumbing systems in the 21st century.

Last week we covered why lead pipes are a bad idea for pipe materials. And galvanized steel is on its way out as well. So today, we’ll give you the lowdown on the two most important types of materials that we use to replace old pipes.

Factors to Consider When Replacing Your Pipes

Some homeowners just do an online search for “the price of pipe replacement” and are immediately upset by the results. While we understand that the web is going to give you some huge variations in pricing, you might not know from that online search that there are different materials you can choose from. Let’s take a break for a second and think of the important aspects of plumbing materials that you might want to consider.

  • Price. There’s no getting around this. You need a plumbing system you can afford, and the different types of plumbing materials cost different amounts.
  • Longevity. While most plumbing materials will last for at least a decade, some are designed to last longer.
  • Durability. Some pipe materials can withstand shifting and other forces of nature.
  • Resistance to Corrosion. Different plumbing materials will resist corrosion.

Copper Pipes

Let’s start with the most basic and common of pipe replacement materials. Copper is a strong metal that is both flexible at the joints and sturdy enough to stand the test of time. Copper is better than plastic or PEX/PVC piping for the majority of repiping jobs. But there are two main reasons why you might not want copper pipes.

  1. Copper costs the most out of all the plumbing materials.
  2. Copper interacts with water differently as a metal, which means it can corrode easier. A professional plumber will let you know if they think the corrosion of your copper pipes would be a big problem.

CPVC or PEX Pipes

The other option for plumbing materials is CPVC or PEX. PEX is a cost-effective plastic that is one of the most affordable options. CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) is also a type of plastic, but it’s more common and can even withstand higher temperatures than PEX. Overall, both of these materials are more affordable than copper while being resistant to corrosion, since they’re not metals.

However, plastic pipes like CPVC or PEX are not flexible at the joints, and due to slight movement, foundation settling, and other types of shifting, they can break and split when they get older.

Need help making the right choice? Call The Sunny Plumber Tucson. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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