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Water Lines – Repipes

Water Lines Repiping Using Copper & PEX Pipes

Sacramento repipeRepiping is the process of replacing all existing water pipes and installing a new system throughout your home or building. A repipe is necessary when a house or office has serious pipe corrosion problems or slab leaks.

There are multiple types of materials to use when doing a repipe project. At McDonald Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, we always assess the current situation, understand the needs of the client, and then recommend the best solution. There are two primary alternatives for a repipe project—Copper and PEX. We offer complete PEX and Copper repipes.

McDonald Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is located in Sacramento, CA and serves the communities of Sacramento, West Sacramento, East Sacramento, South Sacramento, North Sacramento, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Gold River, Folsom, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Roseville, El Dorado Hills, Antelope, McClellan, Mather, North Highlands, Granite Bay, Davis, Woodland, Arden-Arcade, Rio Linda, and Elk Grove.

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Copper vs Pex Pipe–Which to Use for a Sacramento Repipe Project?

broken-sewer-pipe-repairPEX is crosslinked polyethylene tubing that is specially designed plastic tubing with distinctive properties that make it an effective solution for radiant floor heating and plumbing systems. PEX pipe has become very popular in recent years, replacing copper piping in many residential applications. While familiar with copper pipe, many homeowners a may be unfamiliar with PEX and unaware of the benefits of water line leaks repiping in PEX.

Advantages of Repiping with PEX Pipes

PEX is the latest technology in piping and has a number of advantages for interior use. PEX is:

  • Very durable – for interior applications only
  • Flexible allowing it to expand and contract with changing weather
  • Easier to install using fewer fittings
  • More affordable because of easier installing and currant copper prices
  • Corrosion resistant in high pH water areas
  • Estimated to have a useful life of up to 75 years
  • Condensation resistant
  • Quiet (no singing or clanking pipes!)
  • Ideal in winter environment

The two primary disadvantages of PEX are its reaction to ultraviolet rays (it should not be used for exterior applications), and it may not be as contaminant resistant as copper pipe.

Advantages of Repiping with Copper Pipes

Copper pipe has been around for years and has replaced galvanized pipes, once used extensively in residential plumbing. The advantages of copper pipe include:

  • Copper is durable
  • Copper is resistant to ultraviolet rays making it well suited for outdoor applications
  • Copper is resistant to bacterial growth
  • Copper is soft and easy to install

A primary disadvantage of copper pipes is that high pH, acidic water leads to corrosion in copper piping.

Making the Decision–Copper vs PEX for your Sacramento Area Home

So which should you use? The plumbers at McDonald Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning are experts in repipe projects, and qualified to help you make this important decision. We will ensure you understand your options, the advantages and disadvantages, and make a recommendation so you can make an informed choice.

Let the experts at McDonald help with your next water line repipe project. For complete water line replacements, partial repairs or project installation, we have the experience and commitment to get the job done right the first time at a fair price. Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed.

For more information about how we can help you with your water line repipe project.Call (916) 233-4194


Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the county seat of Sacramento County. It is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s expansive Central Valley. With an estimated 2011 population of 477,891, it is the sixth-largest city in California and the 35th largest city in the U.S.

Sacramento is the core cultural and economic center of the Sacramento metropolitan area which includes seven counties; with an estimated 2009 population of 2,527,123. Its metropolitan area is the fourth largest in California after the Greater Los Angeles Area, San Francisco Bay Area, and the San Diego metropolitan area as well as the 25th largest in the United States. Sacramento was cited by Time magazine as America’s most ethnically and racially integrated city in 2002.

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