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If you’re reading this, you might be considering upgrading or replacing your home’s waterlines. You could be doing it for a number of reasons – choosing a safer material, going green, or you might just want something that requires less maintenance.
With temperatures gradually getting closer to freezing, your home’s waterlines could be at risk of bursting. Our first recommendation is always to leave your faucets dripping to allow water to escape before pressure builds up to the point where the pipes burst.
For most houses, their waterlines are typically using copper pipes. Copper is, without a doubt, the best choice in terms of longevity. It’s been used in plumbing system for almost 100 years now. While copper pipes can be recycled, it’s not the most environmentally friendly material to use (due to copper mining).
If you’re thinking about making the switch, we recommend using PEX tubes (cross-linked polyethylene). PEX has a lot of great advantages – namely, it’s extremely resistant to bursting in cold weather, as it can expand a great deal more than your run-of-the-mill metal pipes.
Some other advantages of PEX:
- It’s far less expensive than copper (PEX is about $30 for 100 ft., whereas copper can cost you almost $300 for 100 ft.)
- Installation takes very little time.
- It’s stored on a large spool, whereas metal pipes need to be cut into various lengths.
- It doesn’t require nearly as many fittings, since the tubes are flexible.
- PEX won’t corrode, unlike metal pipes that can be sensitive to acidic water.
- It’s the best option for retrofitting your waterlines.
Still on the fence about PEX? Give one of our customer service representatives a call if you would like more information, and they’ll get you in touch with one of our master plumbers.
When it comes to plumbing jobs, HEP does it best!
The old-fashioned method for installing waterlines is a messy procedure – digging a trench, cutting the right lengths of pipe and installing the proper fittings, then meticulously filling the trench back in while doing your best to make it look like you didn’t just tear up the yard.
That’s a thing of the past.
With the assistance of a machine known as a horizontal directional drill, installing waterlines is a minimally invasive procedure. At the end of the drill is a borehead with a built-in computer that inputs data for pitch and depth, and then it gets to work. As it drills through the ground, it brings along a sleeve that goes from the water supply to your house. This sleeve acts not only as a guide for the PEX tubes, but it’s a good insurance policy that adds an additional level of protection. Afterwards, the PEX piping is effortlessly inserted – and voilà! Done. Here’s the best part – the whole operation only takes about 45 minutes. No muss, no fuss, and no mess!
It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s efficient. It’s environmentally-friendly. Who can argue with that? If you’re interested in replacing your water lines, HEP can definitely help with that. Water you waiting for?
Call HEP Services for all of your home improvement needs!