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Professional Copper Pipe Installation in Houston

Copper Pipe Installation in Houston

Thinking About Repiping Your Home?

If it’s time to re-pipe your home, there are more options to consider than ever before. PEX, PVC, galvanized steel and copper are all materials that can be installed in your home to carry water and sewer waste, but which one is best for your home?

If you want to base your decision solely on quality and reliability, copper pipe installation in Houston is still your best choice.

Using copper for water delivery dates back over four thousand years to ancient Egypt. Copper has been in use in residential plumbing since the early 1900’s and continues to be the choice for new construction and remodeling projects. Many of the homes we perform work on in the River Oaks area were built in the early 1900’s, and they all have the original copper piping, and most of it is still in perfect condition. Why is that? Copper is not prone to corrosion like other materials used for pipes.

A lot of attention is being paid these days to PEX piping, which is a flexible plastic tube. It is cheaper to manufacture and install than copper, but PEX pipe does not have the established track record that copper plumbing has.

Is Copper Pipe Installation Expensive?

Copper piping is more expensive than PEX or PVC piping, because copper is a precious metal, and copper is more time consuming to install. On average, a copper pipe installation in Houston will add $2,000 - $3,000 to the initial cost of a whole house re-pipe. While this may seem like an unnecessary and expensive option; consider the lack of maintenance costs along with copper’s long, proven lifespan PLUS the added value that copper pipes bring to your home, and you have a unanimous win for copper!

A copper pipe installation in Houston will help save you money in water heating costs, as copper is a fantastic conductor of heat. Hotter pipes equal hotter water at your faucets and shower heads. PEX and PVC pipe have no heat conducting ability, and thus a lot of energy is lost moving hot water through cold plastic pipes.

Is Copper Piping Safe?

Copper piping is naturally antimicrobial and thus cannot support the growth of bacteria, fungi or viruses. If you were to look at a typical city of Houston water quality report, you would see that the water in Houston commonly fails for bacterial contamination. If you have copper pipes as your supply lines, that bacteria that enters your home is eliminated by the compounds in the copper.

Types of Copper Piping

If you’ve made the decision to re-pipe your home with a copper pipe installation in Houston, and you decide to take bids on the job, here’s a little knowledge to help your negotiating process along. There are two types of copper piping used in the plumbing industry, Type “L” and type “M.” Of the two, type “L” is thicker and more resilient, and your best choice for longevity and quality. Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services only uses type “L” copper piping for all our copper pipe installation in Houston projects. Always be sure to ask the contractor providing your bid which type of copper piping they are installing!

Copper Pipe Installation Experts

As always, Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services is available to come to you and provide a free written estimate for your copper pipe installation in Houston project. Nick’s Plumbing has been the go-to expert for plumbing installation and repair in Houston since 1979, with trained, background checked and licensed plumbing professionals!

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