Repipe Services for Seattle, WA

“Should I care about the type of pipes in my walls?”

Small leaks, major leaks and minor issues with your pipes are often repaired by patching the issue. With large or major issues and even small leaks, it’s often more beneficial in the long run to repipe. Trust the experts at Repipe Masters for your repiping job, we have the experience, expertise and are fully equipped to perform your repiping job and ensure you will be free of pipe problems for years to come.

Why Should You Consider A Repipe?

Frequent Leaks
If your home or commercial property is experiencing frequent leaks it is a major indicator that it is time to repipe. Frequent leaks are usually caused by old pipes or defective pipes, like Polybutylene. Polybutylene should be replaced as soon as possible.

Improve Your Water Pressure!
A worn-out plumbing system is likely to have low water pressure due to corroded pipes. Replacing old pipes with new PEX or copper piping can improve water pressure, allowing you to enjoy better flowing water in sinks and showers.

Rusty Or Discolored Water
If ­the water coming from your faucets or showers is not clear and free flowing it is time to consider repiping. Reddish water indicates your pipes are rusting. Not only could they cause damage and leaks, it’s not healthy for your family!

New Pipes Are Much Safer
Why invite health complications? One of the most common dangers of older pipes is rust because it can make you ill when consumed. Newer piping options can provide a constant supply of clean and safe water. PEX pipes, are resistant to rust and designed to fight the growth of bacteria.

Avoid Plumbing Leaks.
Old pipes are more likely to leak, fail and can lead to mold growth and water damage. Repiping your house or building can provide you with new leak-proof pipes that are more resistant to freeze damage, saving you money on repairs.

Neighboring Properties
Have you seen or heard about other properties of a similar age in your area needing a repipe? That’s a sign that your system may need some attention as many homes in a neighborhood are often built at the same time.

Why Should I Care About The Type Of Pipes In My Walls?

Repiping completed on a home in Lakewood, WA

POLYBUTYLENE PIPING

Polybutylene piping was used primarily in the 1970’s to the mid-1990’s as a cheap alternative to copper pipes. They have not stood the test of time and have proven to leak, break, and cause major damage to property. In many municipalities you are not able to sell a property that contains Polybutylene piping – It will fail!

GALVANIZED STEEL

Galvanized pipes are no longer used in construction due to lead contaminating the water. Properties built prior to the 1980’s have a high chance of having galvanized pipes. Galvanized pipes corrode, reduce water pressure and can cause discoloration of water. It is very important to have your property repiped if you have galvanized pipes to ensure safe water.

CPVC

Over time, it gets brittle and cracks and breaks and the glue joints will continue to deteriorate throughout the piping and fail. Through the pipe and go bad. The problems with CPVC pipes can range from:

  • Turning off the valve by the toilet and having it snap off in the wall.
  • Mopping your floor and hitting the connection, causing it to snap!

COPPER

Copper pipes have proven reliability since the adoption of use around the 1960’s. Depending on the wall thickness, they tend to have a fairly long life span. Older copper pipes could have been joined together with lead based solder can cause pinhole leaks. These are failing at an alarming rate! Now is the time to repipe your property using Delta’s proven cost effective solution.

Types of Repipe

Copper Repipe

For interior copper repiping we use Type L hard copper which is thicker than required by code. For our copper repipes all the fittings are brass, bronze or copper.

  • Natural product that is environmentally friendly
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Requires fewer supports
  • Leakproof joints
  • Reliable in the long term
  • Cost-effective
  • Inhibits bacterial growth
  • Will not support combustion
  • Maintains integrity under extreme condition
  • Copper is a sturdy material that will not sag.
  • Copper lasts longer than PEX.
  • Copper installation expenses are more than PEX.

PEX Repipe

PEX is a flexible plastic tubing product that has been used for more than 35 years in radiant floor heating, fire safety systems and is a popular choice for modern plumbing and repiping. For our PEX interior repiping projects we prefer high quality Uponor Wirsbo AquaPex or Rehau RAUPEX. Make an informed decision when it comes to repiping your home or building:

PEX Advantages:

  • Corrosion resistant
  • Free of metal contaminants
  • Resists pitting and scale buildup
  • Dampens rushing water noise
  • Eliminates water hammer and singing pipes
  • Retains heat in hot-water lines
  • Resists condensation on cold-water lines
  • NSF International Certification for water purity
  • PEX is created from a flexible material that is easy to install and less expensive.
  • PEX is resistant to acidic substances and freezing temperatures.
  • PEX cannot be directly connected to a water heater.
  • PEX does not withstand UV light and cannot be used outside.

Drain and Waste Repipe

It is important that waste water be disposed of properly. Drain pipes carry waste water out of your house and into the city sewer system. Leaking pipes, water damage, clogged drains, mold growth, and accidental cross-connections between drain water and drinking water can pose serious risks to the health and safety of your family.

Older homes have either cast iron or galvanized steel lines which over time will eventually corrode. As rust deposits build up inside, the drain clogs, the pipe rusts through, and it will begin to leak. In the meantime, drains in your home; the sinks, and the toilets begin to back up. Underneath the house, the leaking sewage gives off a horrible odor, and if not fixed quickly it will damage your home and eventually cause major heath and financial problems.

If any drain in your house is draining slowly, don’t wait for gravity to solve it, it seldom does. The highly trained crew at Repipe Masters will restore your drain line to its proper function ensuring the health and safety of your family.

Water Service Repipe

Water Lines that need to be repaired or replaced from the city water meter to your home can cause damage to your homes foundation and make for costly water bills. If your homes water service line is made of zinc-plated iron (“galvanized”) pipe like many homes built before the mid 1960′s it is susceptible to rusting through and springing a leak.

Problems arise after the zinc coating wears off and the iron pipe is then exposed to the elements. Rust and corrosion begin to deteriorate from the inside, while from the outside invasive tree roots, soil conditions, seasonal changes and landscaping projects can take their toll on this key piece of plumbing.

Galvanized pipe is rated for 40-50 years of service. If your home was built in the 1970′s or beyond then it’s likely to be made of PVC, copper or polyethylene. These pipes can be susceptible to damage by chemicals, roots, rocks, poor installation and shifting ground.

A broken main line to a home or building can cause major problems. When you have a water line leak, our number one priority is restoring your water service and your peace of mind. A service main line repair often requires special skills/training, it is important to hire experienced, dependable contractors who know the ins-and-outs of main water line repair/replacement.

Our technicians can locate, repair or replace your water service line. In many cases trenchless technology can be used to replace your water line and prevent the damage and mess of digging up your yard.

Repipe Masters 206-362-2772