Sometimes drains clog or supply pipes leak, freeze or burst requiring repair or maintenance. Your water supply pipes may have problems that limit water pressure, impacting everything from the quality of your shower to the reach of your lawn sprinkler. Behind your walls and beneath your floors there is an intricate network of water supply lines, drains and vents that make up your residential plumbing system.
Nobody understands residential plumbing better than Paradigm Plumbing Services.
When we make plumbing service calls to your home, we’ll address the plumbing problem you called us about and diagnose any potential plumbing problems that may be lurking out of sight. You’ll get the information and options necessary to prevent future problems and costly repairs.
Types of Pipes
Copper pipe is ideal for ½ inch thru 3-inch water supply lines leading from the main water supply pipe to household sinks and toilets. Copper is popular with plumbing contractors because it is clean, doesn’t rust and is very reliable for both hot and cold water delivery. Copper pipes provide trouble-free service for decades. Copper pipes will freeze and burst if left exposed to the elements (not often in Florida). This is only a problem if the pipes run through the outer walls of your home so be sure those walls contain plenty of insulation. The salt environment we live in and the “PH” in our soil sometimes makes this water pipe undesirable as a service feed line.
PEX tubing looks something like a garden hose, but it’s much stronger and more reliable. Its flexibility and strength make it as reliable as copper but easier for plumbers to work with. PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene and it is being used increasingly for water supply lines as a low-cost alternative to copper piping.
Developed in the1960s, PEX has been used in Europe for decades but was only introduced to the U.S. in the 1980s. No material is freeze-proof, but PEX is freeze- resistant and can expand and contract if the water inside freezes.