What piping material is best for your Tampa home?
PEX pipes are the top option for plumbing in Florida. But that doesn't mean you should automatically pass up a house that uses other materials. Galvanized steel and copper are great piping materials in the right circumstances.
In this blog, we'll look at the four standard pipe options, including:
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Polybutylene pipes, or PB pipes, are one of the worst options in plumbing. In fact, these pipes perform so poorly that they're no longer sold and are not in current building codes. Developers started using these plastic pipes in the late 1970s. By 1995, a class action lawsuit ended its manufacturing in the US.
Why did PB pipes get pulled off the market? They easily burst. Eventually, these pipes fail, but they don't fail with pinhole leaks or slow leaks that give you time to talk to a plumber and protect your property. Instead, these pipes wear away from the inside due to exposure to commonly used water treatment chemicals. The result is a pipe that cracks suddenly and with little warning. If your home has PB pipes, don't wait for a disaster to strike before calling in a professional plumber. Start planning for your repiping job today.
Considering buying an old home with PB pipes? Be sure to add the cost of a whole-home repiping to the top of your offer. You'll likely be paying for one sometime in the future, and it's best to budget for it.
Galvanized steel plumbing pipes can last for decades.
Homes built before 1960 may have galvanized steel pipes. These pipes are steel-finished with a zinc coating to reduce the possibility of corrosion. There are two fundamental problems with galvanized steel pipes.
Galvanized pipes typically last for about 40 years, meaning that few homes with these pipes installed will still have an entirely galvanized steel plumbing system. When house shopping, it might be worth considering repiping rather than passing on a particular home depending on the amount of galvanized steel piping left in a home.
Copper is a common piping material for homes.
Copper is still one of the most popular materials to pipe new homes. It's versatile and long-lasting, making it a big step up from galvanized steel. However, it is one of the most expensive options for piping, with average costs exceeding $1.50 per linear foot. A high price tag and problems like pinhole leaks make copper a better choice than galvanized steel but not the best for Floridians.
Learn more about pinhole leaks and how to prevent them. We also offer water-softening services that can help extend the life of your existing copper pipes.
PEX is the best option for whole-home repiping.
In Florida, the best plumbing material is PEX piping. This newer version of plastic piping delivers on the earlier promises of PB without the downsides. These pipes are cheap to buy, last at least 50 years, and install quickly and easily.
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