Pitting copper replumbs are becoming more and more common in our coverage area. Copper is a conductive material, and it reacts with the mineral and adverse alkalinity in our water. As the following picture illustrates, pits form on the inside of the copper wall as the copper is slowly reduced in thickness and strength. Galvanic corrosion – the corrosive process that occurs when copper comes in contact with a dissimilar metal – will rapidly increase such pitting thus decreasing the life of copper.
The majority of corrosion in copper piping develops on the inner walls. The presence of oxidizing acids – heavy-metal salts, sulfur, and ammonia – and a number of sulfur and ammonia compounds can cause corrosion to set in. Water that comes from a well is much more likely to contain these materials and corrode copper lines—but it can take place in the civic potable water system just the same. Corrosion eventually thins the copper enough to create pinhole leaks.
Types K, M, & L
Copper is available in 3 measures of wall thickness: Type M Type L, and Type K. Type L copper is the ideal pipes for supplying water within a home. Most copper installations to date are type M copper and subject to deterioration at a quicker pace. Type L copper has thicker walls than type M copper, has a higher rating in terms of pressure than type M. Some local plumbing codes only allow the use of type L and don’t allow type M copper to be installed in homes anymore.
Type K copper piping is available in both soft and rigid configurations and is used in applications that require high tolerance to pressure. These pipes are ideally suited for large-scale water supplies, compressed air pipes, fire protection systems, heating and cooling system use and industrial conduits.
We have serviced copper water piping systems in place and still functioning well after 60+ years of service. We also see homes in our area with 20 year old copper systems that are pitted and failing from thinned walls, dezincification, or obvious high zinc content in the copper during the manufacturing process.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REPLACE COPPER PIPES?
The cost to replace copper pipes varies from property to property. To determine the cost of copper pipe replacement, several factors are considered. First, we look at the type of home: single family, multi-family, condo, etc. Is the building single level, multi-story, or split-level? Is there a crawlspace? Is there a basement? Is the basement finished or unfinished? Square footage? Last, we look at the number of fixtures to be replaced and the type of pipe used as replacement. As you can see, the cost to replace copper pipe is not a one price fits all kind of thing. However, getting an estimate is simple with our online repipe cost calculator.
ONLINE COST CALCULATOR TO REPLACE COPPER PLUMBING
Our online cost calculator will ask you a series of questions (similar to those above), and then provide you with an instant cost quote to replace your Copper plumbing system. No need to make an appointment or wait for someone to visit your home. We include all costs in our calculation to provide you with a turnkey Copper replacement. Using our online quote system is easy and takes just a few minutes.
WHY CHOOSE REPLUMB SPECIALTIES INC. TO REPLACE YOUR COPPER PLUMBING?
EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS
COLORADO & Utah
The Team @ Replumb Specialties Inc. has replaced Polybutylene, Kitec, Copper, Galvanized, Entran, and other failing plumbing systems across the United States Since 1992. We are the original pipe replacement contractor for the Polybutylene Class Action Settlement. We’ve successfully replaced systems in 16,000+ homes and commercial buildings. We also developed and perfected the ‘containment’ process copied by most replumb contractors today.
We are licensed and insured, and pride ourselves on being punctual and professional. Our crews have been working together for 30+ years. Realtors and home inspectors regularly refer us, and account for about 70% of our business.