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There are several reasons to repipe your home or business. One of the most common is to bring your current plumbing up to local code. While some buildings are grandfathered in with their existing pipes, that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be fixed, especially if the piping is made of galvanized steel. Galvanized piping begins to rust from the inside out after about 40 years. This rust contains lead and makes the water in your home or business potentially lethal. While not technically illegal, these pipes should be replaced as soon as possible for the safety of everyone who uses water there.
When you are choosing a type of pipe to use for your repiping project there are two major choices, copper (type K and L) and PEX. While they both have their advantages and disadvantages, either one will do find in a standard repipe. PEX is far more flexible than copper and can be used with fewer connections. Copper is rigid and handles pressure changes better than its PEX counterpart. Before having a repiping job done, make sure one of our Carson plumbing contractors explains the advantages of each type so you can make an informed decision.