Are New Pipes Worth It?
Although you will need to replace them eventually, make sure that your pipes are ready to be replaced before spending a ton on the restoration. Replacing the pipes in your home can cost you upwards of $10,000 depending on your home’s square footage. You should contact a professional plumber at Accurate Plumbing to get a better idea of what your home needs.
Types of Piping
Certain types of plumbing will last significantly longer than other types. So, find out what type of plumbing pipes you have under your home so you will be better equipped to determine if you need to upgrade or leave your pipes alone for a few more years. The two most popular are copper and PEX pipes. Copper can last for 70-80 years while PEX can last up to 50 years.
Copper vs PEX pipes
Copper pipes last for a longer period of time than PEX pipes, but there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Some of the advantages of having copper pipes installed are that they are resistant to fire, corrosion, and bacteria. They are also able to be recycled. Some disadvantages are that there may be a metallic taste to your water, they can freeze in cold weather, and they are attractive to thieves.
Cross-linked Polyethylene or PEX pipes are easy to install, resistant to weather changes, leak resistant, and quieter than copper piping. They do not last as long, but is more efficient and requires few connections to install.
It might be more cost effective to replace your old pipes if they are not in good shape. Contact the professionals at Accurate Plumbing to help you determine if your pipes are ready to be replaced. They can also give you information on the best type of pipes you’ll need for your home.