Is your water bill higher than usual? You may have leaky pipes and may be due for a repipe.
If you’re thinking about a repipe in Orange County or Los Angeles for your residential property, it’s likely because you’re aware that even a small leak can lead to big problems. If left unattended it can lead to water damage, mold, and an even bigger leak over time. Repairing one leaky pipe isn’t so bad, but where there is one, there are often more. This is especially true if you own an older home. Pipes will spring a leak eventually causing low water pressure and higher utility bills. If it seems to take longer to rinse the shampoo out of your hair chances are good your pipes need attention. When it comes to going through the process of a repipe in Orange County, you can count on us here at Repipe 1. We have been solving plumbing problems, such as leaky pipes, for over 25 years.
What is the best pipe to use for a repipe in Orange County?
Most of the houses we have worked on here in Orange County were constructed using copper pipes. These pipes are popular with homeowners and plumbers because they last for years. If your home was built before 1970 though, chances are good that the pipes are galvanized steel which is known for springing leaks. If your house has copper pipes, the good news is they are easy to repair. And depending on how old they are, they may not need to be replaced.
But with advances in technology, new materials are available that you might want to consider. PEX, a cross-linked polyethylene, are ideal for hot and cold water systems. The flexible pipes are easy to install in tight places and since they do not need any extra fittings, the cost is cheaper than copper. When you work with Repipe 1 our plumbing specialists will go over the best options for you home with you.
PEX vs Copper
Here are a few things you should consider when it comes to choosing PEX vs Copper pipes:
- Copper pipes that are not installed correctly are more likely to exhibit pinhole leaks. These tiny holes are usually caused by minerals in your water supply or in the ground that surrounds them.
- PEX pipes are more resistant to corrosion and chlorine.
- Copper pipes are not flexible, so to get around curves, they need to be fitted with elbows. But PEX pipes are flexible and do not need any extra fittings making them perfect for those hard-to-reach areas in your home.
- PEX pipes are quieter than copper. You won’t hear the noise of water moving through the pipes around the home.
- PEX can be attached to existing copper pipes, so this can save you money when you can’t afford to replace all the pipes at once.
- PEX comes on large spools and is lighter than copper, so shipping costs are cheaper, and installation is cheaper too. Most manufacturers will give you a 25-year guarantee on your PEX piping.
- PEX pipes are eco-friendly and conserve energy since they don’t transfer heat as copper pipes do.
Having options is a good thing!
As you can see, the choices in pipe materials are really up to you. Just don’t choose to use duct tape to fix that leaky pipe. And which one you choose, either copper, CPVC, or PEX should depend on where in the house you are installing it.
To get help making the best choice call the repiping specialists here at Repipe 1. We have repiped over 50,000 homes in the Orange Country and Los Angeles areas. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. We guarantee all of our work and parts, so if something goes wrong just call us. We will happily come out and fix the problem right away. So whether you one leaky pipe that needs to be fixed, or you want to replace them all, we can help.