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laxjtf 02-03-2005 06:10 PM

Copper re-pipe
 
I want to replace the plumbing in our house due to clogging faucet filters and shower heads etc.

1) Is copper the way to go?

2) Is cathodic protection required for copper piping?

3) Does anybody have any idea of how much a copper re-pipe job might cost for a 1700 ft2 house? All the pipes run in the crawl space under the house.

Jude

pipeguy 02-06-2005 02:31 PM

how old is your house?

bountyhunter 02-11-2005 12:51 PM

copper
 
Pex is the way to go now days.

Teetorbilt 02-11-2005 07:50 PM

IMHO I would shy away from any plastic piping. PEX has had problems. Same with PVC/CPVC and Qest. All have had class action lawsuits against them. Copper has been around for a century and the only problem was theoretical and involved lead solder.

Tomm 02-12-2005 01:21 AM

I have to go along with Teetorbilt on this one, but as far as drain lines go I think PVC is a good innovation. Maintenance repairs are usually simple and inexpensive.

SHR Plumber 03-08-2014 03:06 AM

All of the different water piping materials have their pros and cons. Copper is a good way to go, but significantly more expensive and time consuming. Some of it lasts longer but we are seeing a lot of 30 year old copper, import and domestic, developing pin hole leaks. Good for my plumbing business but really bad for homeowners with wet walls. I would always use PEX. Contrary to what some will tell you, it is a great product. It has been around for over 30 years with few problems. Any problems have been widely reported and the facts of each case are available for you to see during your research. There are many good quality PEX product lines available from many different manufacturers. There are many threads on all the plumbing forums about the pros and cons of each brand. Research online what is available and hire a licensed professional plumber if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself.

Daniel Holzman 03-08-2014 07:51 AM

To address your questions:

1. Your fixtures are clogged according to your post. That may be due to contaminants in the water, and may have nothing to do with your piping. You need to start by having your water tested by a laboratory to find out what is clogging your fixtures, whether that be debris, iron loving bacteria, minerals etc.

2. Is copper the way to go? This topic has been debated endlessly on this forum, and can no more be resolved on an internet chat forum than asking who is the best swimsuit model. Part of the issue is the quality of water you have, which again requires you to get it tested for pH, minerals, and contaminants. All of my copper pipe developed pinhole leaks after about 50 years of service, probably because my well water is acidic. I replace all my copper with PEX, but there are many folks on this forum and elsewhere who regard PEX as unproven, dangerous, or maybe even Communist.

3. Is cathodic protection required for copper? That is a new one on me, I have never seen a residential property plumbed with copper that used cathodic protection.

4. How much will it cost? The age old question on this forum. The standard answer is to get some bids from qualified plumbers. It always costs more than you want to pay. But this is a DIY forum, so perhaps you are planning to do this work yourself? If so, PEX is a lot easier for a novice to work with than copper.

beenthere 03-08-2014 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by SHR Plumber (Post 1318534)
All of the different water piping materials have their pros and cons. Copper is a good way to go, but significantly more expensive and time consuming. Some of it lasts longer but we are seeing a lot of 30 year old copper, import and domestic, developing pin hole leaks. Good for my plumbing business but really bad for homeowners with wet walls. I would always use PEX. Contrary to what some will tell you, it is a great product. It has been around for over 30 years with few problems. Any problems have been widely reported and the facts of each case are available for you to see during your research. There are many good quality PEX product lines available from many different manufacturers. There are many threads on all the plumbing forums about the pros and cons of each brand. Research online what is available and hire a licensed professional plumber if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself.


The OP probably decided what he was going to do shortly after he started this thread. 9 years ago (2/3/2005).

rjniles 03-08-2014 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 1318603)
The OP probably decided what he was going to do shortly after he started this thread. 9 years ago (2/3/2005).

We have a new member who is searching threads and not looking at the posted dates:no:

broox 03-08-2014 12:15 PM

Do they have a "digging up bones" emoticon?

Javiles 03-08-2014 06:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by broox (Post 1318713)
Do they have a "digging up bones" emoticon?

Note to moderator please find and install a Digging up bones emoticon thingie

ddawg16 03-08-2014 07:32 PM

Makes me SO glad I didn't respond.....


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