Angie's List: Replacing your pipes

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by Jon Sasser

wfaa.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 7:21 AM

We don't usually think about our home's plumbing until a pipe bursts. But if repairs are needed you have options.

According to the consumer-related web site Angie's List, copper is the most widely used because it has a long history of reliability and lasts at least 50-years.

But it is costly and it is prone to bursting following a hard freeze. Another option is CPVC, a common pastic piping that is easy to install and more affordable. But it too can crack as soon as it freezes.

The verdict is still out on PEX piping. It's lightweight and flexible, but it's only been around for about 10-years.

"Your average cost per foot for three quarter sized copper is between $2.50-$3.00. Where PEX is more between .50-$1.05 for the same size piping, so it's almost half as much less for the material. Your labor is more between a quarter and a half as well", says plumber Lance Smith.

Before hiring a plumber, check to make sure they're licensed and certified in the piping you choose.

Also, check your city's code to make sure the piping is approved in your area. If you have questions about this or any other consumer related stories, log on to www.angieslist.com.

 

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