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Whole House Re-Piping Can Be Easy

A whole house re-piping can be a huge project to tackle. With decades of experience working in homes throughout Central Florida, ACS Plumbing has the knowledge and experience needed to repipe your home quickly and safely.

We can provide you with all the options and help you identify the pipe that’s right for your home. (There are three different types of pipe currently in use for supplying water to fixtures: Copper, CPVC & PEX.)

What do you mean re-pipe my whole house?

Repiping or replumbing, as it is sometimes called, a home is just what it sounds like. You take out all the old water pipes and put brand news ones back in their place.

Strictly speaking, it isn’t something home and business owners are ever meant to have to do. It happens because something went wrong.

The Wrong Pipe

Copper is the original plumbing pipe and it is still in wide use today. There’s a reason. When all it is carrying is water, copper will last for decades, even centuries, without needing to be replaced. Still, copper is becoming increasingly expensive and chemical companies are always trying to come up with new ways to use plastics!

Several years ago, one chemical company developed a plastic pipe for supplying water to fixtures in homes. It was made from polybutylene and branded as Quest pipe. You can recognize Quest pipe by its gray color. At first it seemed to be a viable alternative to copper. It was cheaper and more flexible making it easier to install. Then it started to break. Turned out, in the presence of chlorine, which is in all municipal water supplies, polybutylene quickly breaks down and falls apart. By the time this was discovered, Quest pipe had already been installed in thousands of homes.

Today, the most common reason home owners have for repiping their whole house is to replace polybutylene pipe.

Your Water

As we already said, copper is the best choice for supplying water to the fixtures in your home … on one condition: your water can’t be acidic. As a metal, copper is relatively non-reactive, but it is still a metal and dissolves in the presence of acid.

The PH of municipal water is controlled to extend the life of the pipes that make up the municipal supply system. Well water, on the other hand, is whatever it is when it comes out of the ground. Water that comes from wells is almost always acidic. Unless the acidity of the water is corrected with a treatment system, copper pipes in homes with wells dissolve over time.