What does REPIPE mean? Repipe is the word that we use to describe the replacement of all pipes of a certain system (water, drain, gas), but in plumbing when you're referring to repipe or repiping, you're most likely talking about replacing the pipes of a water system unless you specify otherwise
In the U.S. most houses have these three piping systems, that as the houses get old, the system start to fail for different reasons (pressure, elements, usage, etc...), and they begin to leak and cause problems; damaging the walls, the floors and even the structure of the house, and if those leaks are not being taking care of soon they could also cause mold that could lead to a serious health problem; In summary when you talk about a leak it might seem as a small problem. However, if it's not taken care of on time, it could become a real nightmare. While a repiping could be seen daunting and intimidating, most of the time is the best option.
The two most popular pipes for a water system repiping are pex and copper:
PEX (Crosslinked polyethylene) is a water supply piping that has several advantages over metal pipes (copper, galvanized), and rigid plastic pipes (pvc,cpvc); It is flexible, resistant to scale and chlorine, doesn't corrode or develop pinholes, it's quiet and prevents heat lost longer, it is faster to install than metal or rigid plastic, and has fewer connections fitting this means less probabilities of leaks and most important it cost less than copper.
There are several types of PEX; the two most common. Types are Pex A (uponor), Pex B (viega, zurn, etc..)
PEX A (Uponor) is the pex tubing that we use, and we think it is the most used in California; It's more flexible and it expands, it uses plastic and brass fitting for the different connections that need to be done. Each connection uses a plastic ring over the pipe then it's expanded with a special tool, then the fitting is inserted and the pipe will contract to its original size over the fitting making a watertight seal.
COPPER is a naturally corrosion resistant metal, capable of withstand a pressure of around 1000 psi, copper pipes have proven to be incredibly durable, the average lifespan of copper is around fifty years depending on variables such: surroundings climate, water quality and workmanship installation.
There are three types of copper M, L, K. Being the M the thinnest one, and K the thickest; We use the medium grade (L) type copper for all our repipes, knowing that the copper M (the thinnest) is more likely to develop pinholes; The k type copper is the one that is the least because is use more for industrial or very specialty applications and because it is very expensive.
But when it cames to your personal project, you have these two options Copper and Pex, and no matter what you decide to go with be sure that we are going to do, from the best of our knowledge the best professional installation. If you have any doubts or questions that needs to be answered, don't hesitate and give us a call for a free quote.