There isn’t one type of plumbing. Instead, there are different types depending on what was popular when your home was built. Depending on your age and type of plumbing, you may need to consider having a repipe.
What’s a repipe? Well, it’s what it sounds like. It’s when you have our plumbers professionally replace all the plumbing lines throughout your property. There are several types of piping to choose from, including:
Let’s talk about each of those different choices.
Polybutylene is an older type of plumbing. Typically, you’ll find polybutylene pipes in homes built between 1978 to 1995. It was low-cost, easy to install, and trendy throughout those few decades. However, due to the low cost and quality of material, we often prescribe repipes for homes built with polybutylene plumbing. It gets brittle over time, and you’ll 100% need a repipe.
This is another older piping material that was popular between 1995 and 2007. Unfortunately, like polybutylene, Kitec piping doesn’t last forever and is prone to leaks and damage. Kitec was also part of a large class action lawsuit due to the problems with the material. From leaks to water turning blue from the plumbing, many people experienced significant issues with Kitec plumbing systems. If you have Kitec plumbing in your home or business, don’t hesitate to contact our repiping professionals for an inspection.
This material has emerged as the new “it” thing to use in homes. It offers high heat resistance and is durable. We prefer to use a type of PEX called Aquapex that eliminates problems with leaky fittings, disintegrating pipes, and corrosion in older plumbing.
You can find out what plumbing you have by looking under a sink or running a tiny camera in the wall, such as behind the washer box in your laundry room/closet. You’ll know what you’re looking at by reading the pipes. For example, most polybutylene pipes will be gray and say “PB,” and Kitec will read “Kitec” or “KTC.”
One final material to remember is copper. This is typically more expensive and takes longer to install, but it can also help increase the value of your home. Not only that, but it lasts anywhere from 50-70 years! Talk about investment for your home!
What Material Should You Choose For Your Upcoming Repipe?
You’re probably scratching your head and asking the next logical question: How long do repipes take? It depends on the size of the home. The bigger the house, the more time it will take. Regardless of how long it takes, you’ll be happy when the work is done because you can return to your day-to-day life.
The good news for you is that the experts at Service Pros Plumbers are equipped to help you with this doozy of a project. What starts as an estimate with our plumbing specialists can end with a home with the best plumbing materials installed by a fantastic team. We’re ready to help answer your questions on this task and get your home the plumbing of its (or your) dreams. So, contact our repiping experts today!
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