Glendale Repiping Services
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Types of Plumbing Pipe
When replacing old, corroded pipe, you want to ensure you’re swapping it for a quality material. Copper and PEX (short for crosslinked polyethylene) are the pipes most plumbers like to use today. Each has its advantages, depending on what qualities you’re seeking. Copper resists corrosion and internal bacterial growth, and does not break down with exposure to ultraviolet rays. It does, however, have some drawbacks. If the water flowing through it is too acidic, the copper pipe will still corrode. It is also considerably more expensive than PEX pipe, and if the weather does freeze, the pipes can burst.
PEX is less expensive than copper, more resistant to mineral deposits and corrosion, and doesn’t involve soldering, so has a considerably faster install. It also does not lose heat, so it is the more efficient option.
What’s the Problem with Poly Pipe?
Poly piping, sometimes referred to as Poly-B or PB piping, was a popular piping choice in the United States between 1978 and 1995, characterized by its grey color, and chosen because it was inexpensive, resistant to freezing, flexible, and easy to install. It has since been found prone to leaks and pipe ruptures. The many explanations for these leaks include the pipes breaking down after being exposed to UV rays before installation, or being exposed to certain disinfectants in the line.
Others claim the fault lies not so much with the pipe, but with the plastic fittings and elbows often used in conjunction with poly piping. Extreme temperatures, very hot water, and water with high chlorine content are also known to cause the pipe to break down.
So what can you do if you have poly pipes? If you haven’t had any problems with leaking, you can do a few things to mitigate the risk: inspect the joints for any cracks or leaks, and make sure the joints aren’t plastic; set your hot water tank to 125 – 130F; and install a water filtration system to ease high amounts of chlorine entering the pipes.
Many professionals are weary of poly pipe, however, and think it’s only a matter of time before it bursts. If you are at all concerned about your poly pipe, it’s best to call a piping expert for a thorough examination.
Don’t take chances with your home’s repiping job. Call the experts in Glendale, AZ to have the work done right. Call Christian brothers today at (623) 499-9794.