Tips for Installing Your PEX or Copper Pipes

Dated: June 17 2022

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Here are some tips for hiring a plumbing company to repipe your home.

 

In part one of this series, I discussed the pros and cons of installing PEX and copper pipes in your home. Today we’re shifting the discussion to which company you should choose. There are three big companies that you should know:

1. Uponor
2. Apollo PEX
3. Viega

They’re all good, but I prefer Uponor because I’ve been using them for so long, and they’ve always done a great job for me. Replacing your pipes isn’t cheap, so you’ll want a bigger company to service your needs if there are any problems.

When hiring a company to repipe your home, you should also consider if the manufacturer of your pipes is certified. They will need to go through a training process to ensure the installation is done correctly. They should be able to provide you with certification before work begins on the pipes.


"Ensure that the manufacturer of your pipes is certified."



When you're negotiating a contract with a plumbing company, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

1. Make sure the plumbing is fully changed. Let’s say you have a plumbing line to your faucet. Below the faucet, you will have four or five inches of copper line. Many companies will try to cut the old copper line five or seven inches down and install their PEX line. You want to make sure there is no copper line whatsoever if you’re installing PEX pipes. If the time comes, and you have to change the faucet, you can tell them to remove everything so that the PEX is through and through. That way, you have no problems with a leaky copper line.

2. Make sure there is PEX lining throughout pressurized and unpressurized lines. There are certain lines in the house without any water or pressure. An example of an unpressurized line is the one from your faucet to your shower. When you turn on the shower, the water goes up, but when you turn it down, there is no pressure between that line and the shower. Most of the plumbing companies don’t change unpressurized lines, but I think it’s important.

Even if it doesn’t have pressure, it has water. Water tends to cause oxidation on copper, which causes pipes to break eventually. If you have a copper line through the house, the chance of having a pinhole in a pressure line is higher than in the unpressurized line, but that doesn't mean unpressurized lines never get leaks.

3. Who is going to patch and paint? Most of the plumbing companies will not paint, but sometimes they try to overcharge on patching. It’s still a good idea to get a quote from them.

If you have any questions for me about hiring a plumbing company to repipe your house, don’t hesitate to reach out via phone or email. I’d be happy to share my expertise, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

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Rahul Bhagat

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