Which plumbing pipe to choose for your house

It used to be just copper was used for plumbing homes. But copper pipe isn’t the first choice anymore thanks to modern materials.

Common plumbing piping materials:

  • Copper Pipe: Used most commonly but with the huge rise in copper prices it is much more expensive than plastic piping.  Copper provides years of use; up to 50 years in some cases. Copper also requires a skilled plumber for installation and can fail in freezing temperatures.
  • CPVC (Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride): This common plastic type of plumbing material is also susceptible to cracking when freezing temperatures are present.
  • PEX (Cross-linked polyethylene): When an area is difficult to reach or not large enough for traditional types of plumbing materials, PEX is commonly used.  The advantages also include the light weight and flexibility of PEX compared to other materials.weight and flexible.  As PEX is relatively new, there’s no telling how long it will hold up; it’s been around for a decade or so.

Tips for hiring a great plumber in your area.

  • Qualifications: Be sure the plumber you hire is licensed and qualified to perform the task. Talk to at least 3 different plumbers and compare what each one tells you.
  • Ask lots of questions: Ask the plumber a few questions such as: What material will work best in my situation? How will you install the material? How long will the material last? Is the solution you provide environmentally friendly? How much will this cost and what is your warranty on the work and materials?
  • Are you certified? In some cases, your warranty can be voided if the plumber you hire is not certified to do the installation. Plumbers that use PEX, for example, are required to be certified by the manufacturer to maintain the warranty.
  • Check local building and plumbing code: Codes can vary widely by area.  Be sure your plumber understands the requirements for your local area.
  • Need a re-pipe? A good plumber will inspect your home to see if you need a re-pipe.  Signs of a necessary re-pipe include a loss in pressure or seeing a lot of corrosion around pipe fittings.  The best time to inspect pipes is when you have a wall or floor opened up during a remodel.  If your plumbing is 50 or 60 years old, you may consider re piping before the flood.

Plumbers these days have lots of high tech options when it comes to the materials to use on a job.  Be sure to consult with a fully qualified plumber before deciding to hire anyone. Information for this article was provided in part by PUR Plumbing in New Port Richey, Fl. http://www.purplumbingservice.com