Do you have old galvanized pipes? If you do, your water might be filled with contaminants from the pipes themselves. These contaminants can include rust, zinc and most dangerously, lead. In addition to these particles entering your drinking water, they can also clog up the interior of your pipes causing dangerous pressure spikes or low water pressure at your faucets. Premier Plumbing and Rooter will replace these pipes with heavy grade copper or PEX pipes to eliminate the danger that they represent.
Not all copper pipes are made the same. Softer grade pipes were often used in large scale builds to lower the bottom line costs of the build. These pipes can develop leaks and pit faster than traditional heavy copper. Where tempered copper (type M) will last for at least 100 years, the soft (annealed) copper can start to wear down in as little as 20 to 25 years. If your home was part of a large scale build in the 1980s or before, your pipes may already be failing.
A repiping job is a complete replacement of the entire water delivery system in your home or business. You may need a repiping if you have corroded pipes, poor water pressure, rusty water, reduced water flow or a series of leaks in your existing pipes. A single leak or cracked valve in your system could be an indication of problems throughout the system. If this is the case, a repipe by Premier Plumbing and Rooter may be the only solution.
The best time to repipe is during a remodel, since the walls will already be open and the pipes accessible. We offer two different repipe options – type L or M copper repipes and PEX systems. In either case, we remove the existing pipe and replace it with brand new runs. Depending on your choice and the local buiding code, we will install either strapped and secured L or M pipe or a series of PEX pipes. There will be several shut off valves installed along the runs (we prefer ¼ turn ball stops). Once the system is installed, we will perform a full pipe blow out and check the water pressure to make sure there are no leaks in the new installation. Every repipe is different, but we usually can complete a full repipe in between 1 and 3 days.