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Copper Pipe Is So Expensive: Are There Alternatives for My Plumbing Repair Needs?

You rely on your plumbing system for more daily tasks than you may realize. Everything from doing laundry, washing dishes, taking showers and generating hot water requires a successful operation from your indoor plumbing system. Needless to say, the plumbing in your home is just as susceptible to wear and tear, old age issues and damages as anything else. Plumbing repair in Blaine is an inevitability. While many people swear by copper plumbing for most applications, the fact of the matter is that it is extremely expensive to purchase compared to other options. If you find copper piping cost prohibitive, there are a few other options well worth your consideration.

Here are some plumbing repair tips from the professional plumbers at Air Mechanical, Inc.

One option to consider is PEX plumbing materials. PEX is much cheaper than copper, and it is also very easy to install. It does not require any glue, and it is not very likely to burst should it freeze, a real concern in Minnesota. It is flexible, which allows it to be snaked through your home for installation convenience, and requires less access than copper does. This makes it a great option for repair jobs in existing houses. It also does not corrode the way that copper can if you have acidic water in your home. No special tools are needed to join PEX piping together, as connections can be made with crimp rings and cinch clamps. Your professional plumber will have everything needed to ensure that your PEX plumbing is safely and effectively pieced together.

CPVC is another material to consider for plumbing repair in our home. This is a thermoplastic material which is great for supplying both hot and cold water. It is much more heat resistant than standard PVC piping, which is not used for hot water delivery. It is also nontoxic and offers impressive strength, minimizing the risk of burst pipes. It too is substantially cheaper than copper, and much lighter to handle. It will not galvanize the way that copper can, and can be pieced together using a special cementing material.

For more information about your copper piping alternatives, you must contact a professional plumber. Air Mechanical can answer any questions you may have. Schedule your plumbing repair in Blaine with us, and know that you are getting quality service.

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