What Are the Best Re-Piping Alternatives?

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Most of us are unaware of our sewer pipe material choices. When sewer pipe technicians recommend re-piping, the request is often met with blank stares. A thousand questions race into our minds, “Why do we need re-piping? Is it expensive? What are the best re-piping alternatives?”

Let our team at SPT answer some of your pressing questions.

Why do you need re-piping?

Most of your underground sewer pipes are either galvanized steel or iron. While these materials are quite durable, they are susceptible to corrosion. Even though you might have the best pipe materials underground, they are not able to last more than 100 years.

Is re-piping expensive?

Re-piping isn’t cheap. We are talking about removing and installing new sewer pipes underground. But the good news is, new pipe technology can last 50-100 years. You won’t be thinking about another re-piping session in your life.

What are the best re-piping alternatives?

Most of your underground sewer pipes are either galvanized steel or iron. While these materials are quite durable, they are susceptible to corrosion. Even though you might have the best pipe materials underground, they are not able to last more than 100 years.

Is re-piping expensive?

Re-piping isn’t cheap. We are talking about removing and installing new sewer pipes underground. But the good news is, new pipe technology can last 50-100 years. You won’t be thinking about another re-piping session in your life.

What are the best re-piping alternatives?

A few decades back, sewer pipes were made with galvanized steel or iron pipes. But now, we have a lot more options to best fit given conditions.

Copper Pipes

The advantage of copper pipes is flexibility. They are durable under pressure and make the best option for homes in drier climates. Even after demolition, you can recycle copper pipes for further use. Copper pipes are preferred by home developers because of their corrosion resistent nature. However, copper piping can be expensive due to the advantages and durability of the metal.

CPVC

After copper pipes, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) is the next most common re-piping material. It’s strong, flexible, and able to resist corrosion. It can also easily withstand extreme temperatures. If you’re looking for an inexpensive re-piping solution, CPVC is a great choice.

PEX

PEX is a cross-linked polyethylene tubing and a relatively new material where re-piping is considered. We usually install PEX pipes to withstand hot temperatures and is a good fit for sewer, radiant, and hydronic systems. PEX is also flexible and when spacing is tight, PEX is usually the choice of technicians. Another great positive is the longer life cycle; which gives balance to PEX being a little heavy on the budget. 

Cast Iron

Also known as the “quiet pipe,” cast iron pipes don’t make a lot of sounds. They are friendlier to the environment, which is a positive for green initiatives. Cast iron will also be your best safety friend in a fire due to their absorption of heat and not releasing fatal hazardous gases. However, their expensive installation cost is a choice to be taken into consideration when weighing various benefits of cast iron.

Vitrified Clay

Strength and durability are excellent indicators of quality pipes. Vitrified clay passes both tests. Made from a blend of clay and shale, it goes through a high temperature process to achieve vitrification with the end result of a hard and inert ceramic. They are reliable and long-lasting. They also repel corrosion and are not prone to abrasions. 

Best Re-Piping Options

The choice for re-piping alternatives depends on the conditions, usage, cost-effectiveness, and your home. Often, we complete re-piping jobs by offering more than one type of piping. A great plumbing company will develop a compatible plan where the re-piping materials will be chosen according to needs and uses.

At SPT Pipe, we offer the best re-piping solutions, depending on what you are looking for. 

To get a free quote, contact Specialized Pipe Technologies today at 800-849-4610.

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