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Pex Repipes

PEX vs. Copper Piping

Advantages and Disadvantages of PEX Piping and Copper Piping

If you are like the rest of us non-plumbers, then there is a good chance that you dont know which plumbing pipe is better. You may not even know what a PEX pipe is. Relax: Not many of us do. Were not plumbers, but maybe its time that increase our basic knowledge so that we know what we are getting and whether it is something we truly want. Once you know the basics, youll feel more comfortable to find a plumber to help you with your piping needs.

Now youre probably wondering what PEX piping is. Well, it is cross-linked polyethylene pipe. After going through several processes, the material becomes durable for extreme temperatures (hot or cold), creep deformation which happens from long-term exposure to stress, and chemical attack from acids, alkalies and the like. All of this makes PEX an excellent piping substance for hot and cold water systems, especially since PEX is flexible and well adapted for temperatures below freezing all the way up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

As mentioned above, PEX is a good plumbing material because it is flexible and easy for plumbers to install. PEX is also resistant to breaks in cold weather and has fewer joints, bringing your costs down.

Since copper piping has been around for decades, we know that the metal is durable and flexible, making it easy to install especially compared to iron pipes. Copper piping also provides a biostatic atmosphere, making it difficult for bacteria to grow inside of it, which is an important health consideration.

Copper also resists corrosion and is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, which means it can be used for outside needs. This is unlike PEX pipes, which are affected by ultraviolet rays and therefore should not be used outside. However, copper can corrode due to the pH of the water if it is too acidic or too basic for the pipes. But just because it corrodes doesnt mean that the water is bad for you. Try to think of it like this: the Pacific Northwest region of the US and, of course, Canada, has some of the best drinking water in the world, but that very same water has a corrosive effect on the pipes.

So the choice between PEX and copper is solely yours, but keep in mind a few of the advantages and disadvantages of each system before you decide.

Some Advantages of PEX Are:

  • Adaptable and easy-to-use plumbing system
  • Can be used with hot and cold water
  • Can also be used with metal and PVC piping
  • PEX has fewer fittings, making it faster to install and with less of a chance to leak
  • PEX is more burst-resistant due to its flexibility to expand and contract
  • It has a shutoff valve at each supply line, making it more convenient for you when you have to get repairs done
  • PEX can have a pressure balanced system
  • Since it is flexible, the pipes can be bent around most corners and usually wont need a coupling or fitting

PEX Has Some Disadvantages that You Should be Aware Of:

  • It cannot be used outside
  • Cannot be recycled, due to its shorter life use
  • It provides an impermeable membrane that may allow the possibility of water contamination
  • The pipes may be damaged if left outside for a long period of time

The Advantages of Copper Are:

  • Durable and flexible, making it easy to install
  • Safer in natural disasters
  • Weather and bacteria-resistant
  • Resists corrosion, more so than other metals
  • Unaffected by ultraviolet rays, so it can be used outside
  • Copper does not release toxic gases in a fire because it resists burning
  • In earthquakes, the slightly elastic pipes flex so that they dont snap
  • Copper is recyclable, making it a more sound environmental choice

Copper Piping Also Has Disadvantages that Should be Considered:

  • Can corrode
  • Has become expensive
  • With higher levels of copper from corrosion, water can have a metallic taste
  • Copper can freeze and break during cold water

Having Your Plumbing Repaired

Hire Professional Plumbers

When it comes to your home’s plumbing, it is always important that you have any plumbing issue repaired in time. By doing this, you will be able to save money. Moreover, you will also prevent any permanent damage that can be done to your home’s overall structure. Pivot Plumbing recommends hiring professional plumbers who can give you quality results.

Repairing Water Leaks

Although you will find many plumbing repairs that need to be taken care of as soon as possible, water leaks are the first issues that you should look for in your home. It is ideal that you repair your water leaks as soon as you can because they can cause an array of problems for your plumbing system.

Finding the Water Leak

Water leaks can be easy to find. You may start to notice low water pressure with your water lines, which may indicate a water leak. Another way that you can locate a water leak is by looking for any standing water around your home. Make sure that you also check your drainage system as well, such as clogs.

Get Those Great Results for Your Plumbing

When you’re looking to hire a plumber, it is ideal that you look for affordable pricing and experience. You can ask for customer references and proper licensing from your hired plumbers. By doing this, you can rest easy knowing that you will get high-quality results at prices that can fit your budget.

Galvanized Repipe

Galvanized piping is steel pipes that have undergone the galvanization process which prevents the steel from aging and rusting. Galvanized pipes are premanufactured steel pipes dipped in molten zinc to protect it from the elements. Galvanized pipes come in various types, sizes and lengths. This product is used in underground piping, overground piping systems, industrial purposes, scientific experiments and other uses.

Galvanizing Process

Steel is a ferrous metal, which makes it susceptible to corrosion and rust and, over time, the chemical breakdown of the metal object. Galvanization is the process by which steel is dipped into molten zinc in order to coat it with a nonrusting protective layer. The zincs temperature is around 850 degrees F and chemically bonds to the steel. Zinc deteriorates at a much slower rate than steel and is an affordable metal for galvanizing steep pipes and other items.

History

Galvanization has been around since the early 19th century. Many old structures and buildings are piped with galvanized piping for sewage and water transport. However, naturally occurring zinc is impure, and older galvanized pipes were bathed in zinc that also contained lead and other impurities. So, while galvanization was elongating the life of steel pipes, lead and other substances could potentially harm inhabitants. In 1986, Wheatland Tube Company set the precedent for galvanizing with pure zinc by meeting American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.

Manufacturing

The manufacturing of galvanized pipes occurs in two main processes: First, steel pipes are manufactured from raw materials, and then the pipes are galvanized in molten zinc. The finished product is a chemically bonded combination of steel pipes and zinc coating.

Manufacturers purchase raw steel products which are milled into steel strips, or sheets. The sheets are then rolled into pipes and the two ends are welded together. The number of times the sheet is rolled determines the size of the pipe. Next, these prefabricated pipes are dipped into molten zinc. The finished product is galvanized piping, which is resistant to corrosion.

Features and Benefits

Physically, galvanized steel pipes are slightly darker than steel pipes because of zincs darker color. While galvanization doesnt directly strengthen already very strong steel, the zinc coating protects it from breaking down and eventually weakening. Because of this, galvanized steel is used from building skyscrapers to transporting water. Economically, galvanized steel pipes are inexpensive and recyclable.

Misconceptions

A common misconception about galvanized pipe is that it taints and even poisons drinking water when used for transporting tap water. It is true that some minerals and chemical properties of drinking water will dissolve the zinc coating on steel pipes; however, they are in such small quantities as not to harm the human body. This fear is not ungrounded, however; the danger lies in lead piping, because lead can build up in the human body over time.

CPVC Repipes

Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) is a thermoplastic produced by chlorination of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin. Uses include hot and cold water pipe, and industrial liquid handling.

Production Process

CPVC is PVC (polyvinyl chloride) that has been chlorinated via a free radical chlorination reaction. This reaction is typically initiated by application of thermal or UV energy utilizing various approaches. In the process, chlorine gas is decomposed into free radical chlorine which is then reacted with PVC in a post-production step, essentially replacing a portion of the hydrogen in the PVC with chlorine.

Depending on the method, a varying amount of chlorine is introduced into the polymer allowing for a measured way to fine tune the final properties. The chlorine content may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer; the base can be as low as PVC 56.7% to as high as 74% by mass, although most commercial resins have chlorine content from 63% to 69%.[citation needed] As the chlorine content in CPVC is increased, its glass transition temperature (Tg) increases significantly. Under normal operating conditions, CPVC becomes unstable at 70% mass of chlorine.

Various additives are also introduced into the resin in order to make the material processable. These additives may consist of stabilizers, impact modifiers, pigments and lubricants.

Physical propertiesCPVC shares most of the features and properties of PVC. It is also readily workable, including machining, welding, and forming. Because of its excellent corrosion resistance at elevated temperatures, CPVC is ideally suited for self-supporting constructions where temperatures up to 200 °F (90 °C) are present. The ability to bend, shape, and weld CPVC enables its use in a wide variety of processes and applications. It exhibits fire-retardant properties.

Uses

CPVC is a popular engineering material due to its relatively low cost, high glass transition temperature, high heat distortion temperature, chemical inertness, and flame and smoke properties. CPVC is used in a variety of industrial applications where a high functional temperature and resistance to corrosive chemicals are desirable. Besides pipe and fittings, it is used in pumps, valves, strainers, filters, tower packing, and duct, as well as sheet for fabrication into storage tanks, fume scrubbers, large diameter duct, and tank lining. It is also a favored material for hula hoop makers.

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In use as plumbing materials, CPVC exhibits comparatively high impact and tensile strength and is non-toxic.[citation needed] In pressurized systems, it can be used with fluids up to 80°C and higher in low-pressure systems. It does require specialized solvent cement for assembly. Depending on local building codes, it can be used in hot and cold water systems as well as hot and cold chemical distribution systems in conditions where metal pipe is not indicated. It can also be considered corrosion resistant compared to copper piping.

Tank and vessels for corrosion resistant applicationsTanks and vessels and many corrosion resistant applications are made as per BS4994 using CPVC as an internal thermoplastic corrosion liner.

Comparison to polyvinyl chloride (PVC)Chemical resistanceCPVC as well as PVC exhibits a good resistance to acids and bases (depending on the acid/base). There are several cases where it is useful to stay with PVC (e.g. ammonia hydrous solution, hydrofluoric acid). Additionally, it exhibits excellent resistance to salts and aliphatic hydrocarbons.

Since the chemical properties of resins may vary according to the amount of chlorination and the types and quantity of additives, manufacturers recommendations should be consulted before designing material handling systems using CPVC.

Heat resistanceCPVC can withstand corrosive water at temperatures greater than PVC, typically 40°C to 50°C (104°F to 122°F) or higher, contributing to its popularity as a material for water piping systems in residential as well as commercial construction.

Mechanical Properties

The principal mechanical difference between CPVC and PVC is that CPVC is significantly more ductile, allowing greater flexure and crush resistance. Additionally, the mechanical strength of CPVC makes it a viable candidate to replace many types of metal pipe in conditions where metals susceptibility to corrosion limits its use.

Fire Properties

CPVC is similar to PVC in resistance to fire. It is typically very difficult to ignite and tends to self-extinguish when not in a directly applied flame.

Due to its chlorine content, the incineration of CPVC, either in a fire or in an industrial disposal process, can result in the creation of dioxins.

Repipe project one

Joe,
I just wanted to provide a recap of the repipe project that was done at our home this past week.
First a bit of background: Our home was built in 1971 with galvanize water pipes. Over the years due to the fact that our water is partially from the Sierra and partially well water, the pipes formed deposits on the insideand I knew that we had suffered significant loss in pressure and flow. We are now upgrading the bathrooms and we knew that a repipe was needed, which we felt should be done before the upgrades
We did some research and found that many plumbing companies are going with PEX, but decided against it, because of the concerns many people would have, right or wrong, about purchasing a home with plastic water piping. PEX is a new product and as far as I am concerned the jury is still out on that and since our home is located on a busy street, we didnt need any other negatives when it came time to sell. So we were going to go with copper.
I found your name onlineas I did a number of others. Your website had a phone number, which I called, and we spoke over the phone (not through email!). I am an engineer, so I dont take kindly to BS, and I typically identify when I am hearing it.
I did not hear any BS when I spoke with youand I knew what our neighbor had paid in his recent repipe$7,000 for a home very similar to ours (single level, 2 bath, plus other normal faucets, spigots, etc; no big deal).
Over the phone you and I counted the valves in our home; then approximately a day later you emailed me an estimate of $4,620. We wanted to add 1 additional pair or valves in our garage for a standing sinkso that was an additional $380, bringing the price of the project to an even $5,000. This was for full copper piping; 3/4 inch mainlinesand 1/2 in to the various outlets, all sweat copper fittings, and appropriate code valves. We negotiated a dateI think it was about 1 week from when I got the quote, then we waited. I was almost at the point of not believing the price and thinking something was wrong, but I felt quite comfortable with your no-BS attitude and figured we would just see how things went.
The crew (2 guys) showed up on the appointed day and on-time at 8:00 am and worked their butts off finishing at about 7 pm. These guys really knew what they were doing. There was no guesswork. They were highly efficient and did a tremendous job! Beautiful sweat connections, all pipes well anchored inside the walls; and they had laid drop cloths throughout the house and cleaned up very well after themselves when finished.
The next day, the city inspector showed upand signed off the entire project as good to close up. Then the day after that, the patching crew came over, and replaced the drywall then taped and plastered the joints. They did a fantastic job, Joe! In the bathrooms we will be redoing the fixtures, showers, etc and painting so we werent quite as concernedbut it didnt matteryour crew did a beautiful job in spite of that! Seriously, your have to really get up close to even see where they did the patching. They patched the stucco also where the water supply entered the garage-on the side.
The only thing they missed were 2 holes that the repipe crew had to make, one as the pipe moved into the attic over the garage (ceiling near the wall) and the second on the vertical wall separating the attic from the space over the garage. I wasnt aware those were even there until the other night when I was putting stuff back up into the space about the garage, so maybe in a way it was my fault for not mentioning these other 2 holes that needed to be patched.
Anyway, I thought those holes should be my responsibility, but I guess it was a couple of days ago, they showed up again and patched those holes for us!
That was definitely above and beyond the call of duty. Your level of service is truly outstanding. No way did I think a crew was going to return just to do 2 holes. But they did and they did it when they said they would! All in all, the level of quality and value of your service was EXCEPTIONAL!
I will not be telling my neighbor what I paid for the repipe, no need to create grief for him. But I will tell everyone else I know that Integrity Plumbing (Joe Ludlow) is the way to go!
Thank you very much for a pleasant experience, which I hope was profitable for you and your crews.
God bless you Joe, and lets hope that America gets their collective head out of the pop culture and back into The Bible. A national return to Biblical Christianity is the only hope for this shining City on a Hill as “Dutch” Reagan used to say.
Thanks again,
Randy Frazier, P.E.
Registered Chemical Engineer
Dublin, CA.

Copper Repipes

Copper Piping
Copper Pipe Copper RepipesWhile PEX piping has taken popularity over copper piping for many residential plumbing applications, copper pipes still are used in many, many homes throughout the United States. And there is good reason for it: Copper pipes are extremely dependable and are known for having solid value. Most plumbers would agree on the great value of copper pipes and it is also agreed upon that copper pipes increases the resale value of a home. Copper pipes are commonly used for water feeds and central heating pipe work. They are also used for other miscellaneous plumbing applications throughout a house. If you need a plumber to install new pipes in your home, simply click here to find a reliable plumber in your area.

Copper Pipe Advantages:
Good price for a good product.
You can choose the thickness of the pipe to meet your specific plumbing needs.
Easy to install in narrow walls and floor spaces.
Resistant to bacteria copper pipes are biostatic which means they do not allow bacteria to grow.
Weather resistant copper pipes are not affected by UV rays (PEX pipes are affected by UV rays) which makes them a great choice for outdoor applications.
Safer in natural disasters In earthquakes, copper pipes flex due to being slightly elastic so that they dont snap causing more damage.
Safer in fires If burned, copper pipes do not release toxic gases.
Leaks are rare.
Long warranties are common for copper piping products.
Recyclable makes copper pipes an environmentally friendly choice!