A very large percentage of home across the country are piped in copper waterlines. Copper is strong, plentiful, and resistant to temperature and pressure changes. It is used not only for interior waterlines, but also for exterior water mains and service lines. It has been used for several decades. It is not, however, without its downsides. And when one of these faults rears its head, we are there.
Copper has a very long average service life, ranging from 50-70 years. If installed correctly and carefully, you will likely never have a problem. However, leaks can occur for a number of reasons. The most common of these reasons is poor installation. If the copper lines are connected too hastily or incorrectly, leaks will surface at the joints. In these cases, we can simply remove the damaged or leaking section of pipe and replace it. Another reason for problems with copper lines is freeze breaks. When the temperature drops suddenly to below freezing, the water inside the pipes freezes and expands, splitting the copper along its axis. Freeze breaks are common in the winter months. Like with other leaks, we can remove the damaged section of pipe and repair it for you very easily.
Copper is a market-driven product, and as such, prices for copper repair and copper re-pipes will rise and fall with the market. Copper is readily available almost anywhere, but the prices can sometimes surprise you. Standard copper piping also offer little in the way of flexibility. It is for these reasons that plastic piping (i.e. CPVC or PEX) is becoming the more popular and cost-effective way to make repairs or re-pipe a home. CPVC and PEX (polyethylene) are both very durable, are more resistant to temperature than copper, are very flexible, and are much less expensive. Generally, CPVC and PEX piping cost roughly 1/8 of what copper does, and repairs made in it can be almost half the price.
Contact us if you need copper pipe repair service for your residential or commercial property. Get it done right...get it guaranteed! Contact us today at 925-233-6075. Call Plumbing Brentwood Specialists!