Re-piping (Residential) In New Orleans, Slidell, Metairie
Re-piping (Residential) In Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, River Ridge, Jefferson, New Orleans, Algiers, Covington, Mandeville, Slidell, Madisonville, Lacomb, LA
Re-piping a home is something almost no one looks forward to. It can be an invasive process resulting in the opening of walls and ceilings. Home water pipes have been done in the past with galvanized steel piping, lead, copper, PVC, CPVC, PEX, and polybutylene. Some of these systems have been discontinued for new installations, but still remain in use for many existing homes.
Typically, water piping systems for homes have abandoned the use of polybutylene, lead, and galvanized steel. Polybutylene is a gray flexible water piping that was primarily installed between 1975 and 1996. Polybutylene can become very fragile and deteriorate in 10-15 years. Lead water piping is still found in some homes, but mainly in old underground systems on water services and meter connections. Lead can be very dangerous and can be leached into your water system.
Lead piping is usually a dull gray metal that is easily scratched. Galvanized steel water piping has a life expectancy of 40-60 years. This material usually corrodes from the inside out. This development of rust and corrosion can potentially cause health problems. It is also a common cause of clogged faucets, shower heads, and water piping in homes resulting in poor volume. Galvanized steel when new, has a zinc coating which gives the hard steel piping a silver-gray color.
In modern homes, common materials for water piping are copper and PEX. These two materials are your best choices for water piping. Copper water lines have been around for awhile and stand the test of time. Copper is very durable for most uses. Although homes on well systems should have their water tested to make sure it is not corrosive to copper piping.
Copper piping comes in different grades of material. Type L copper is used for water piping, but you will often see where the uninformed has used the thinner type M as well. Type L is a thicker grade material that has a life expectancy of 50-70 years. Type M is a thinner material and is commonly used for drain purposes. Type L copper material is found in many modern homes, but PEX water piping is becoming more and more predominant every day.
There are 2 common grades of PEX tubing, PEX A and B. PEX B is the more common of the two in modern home piping due to its ease of piping, parts, and affordable installation tools. The life expectancy of PEX B is 40-50 years. PEX A is a heavier grade of PEX tubing. The piping is designed to use a special tool to expand the pipe over its fittings.
Due to the cost of the installation tool, availability of parts and piping being almost exclusive to plumbing suppliers, and often required certification, PEX B is more uncommon. Both PEX Piping is available in red, white, and blue piping. The material must be kept from direct sunlight. PEX is a great material for re-piping homes as it can be less invasive than copper re-piping. PEX is also a superior choice for underground water service lines due to its flexibility and resistance to problems with settling and tree roots.