At Pro-Tec Plumbing, Water & Gas, we specialize in whole-house residential repipes in Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs and Estero communities. Our certified plumbing technicians will replace all hot and cold water supply lines throughout your home with long-lasting PEX pipe.  A household leak is often the first sign that repiping may be necessary. If your plumbing system is worn or corroded, repairing a single leak will put added pressure on other weak spots in your piping. Whole-house repipes offer a more permanent solution.

Do you have a visible leak or water damage? Is your home piped with copper or polybutylene? Consider repiping with safe, clean PEX.

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About Whole-House Repipes

Whole-house repipes involve the replacement of all existing water lines with PEX pipe. New hot and cold water lines are run overhead and down walls and connected to your existing plumbing fixtures. Shut-off valves are replaced with quarter-turn (easy on and easy off) valves. Fixture supplies and washing machine hoses are replaced with braided stainless steel. Even the icemaker and dishwasher lines are replaced, if needed. At the end of the process, all the pressurized water lines from your main shut off valve forward are replaced with PEX or Uponor pipe and fittings. Uponor and Viega PEX offer a 25-year manufacturer warranty when installed by a certified plumbing technician.

Contrary to popular belief, this process takes just one day for the standard home. Most homes will have the water back on permanently at the end of the day!

Why We Don’t Use CPVC

CPVC is a thermoplastic produced by chlorination of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This yellowish plastic polymer was invented to handle higher temperatures. CPVC is a less superior product than PEX. The pipe tends to become brittle over time, and the installation process can cause two times the drywall repair.

Why Are Repipes Necessary?

One common issue is corrosion of copper pipes. Many home and business owners in Collier and Lee Counties come from parts of the country where copper is the most prevalent water piping material. Some believe that copper “lasts forever.” Unfortunately, that is not the case in Florida. The copper used under the concrete slab for water lines always corrodes in this area. The corrosion is due to the salt in the soil, as well as the sulfur and chlorine levels found in the water itself. Copper pipe offers no manufacturer warranty in Florida due to aggressive conditions.

Another common issue is the use of polybutylene. Many homes and businesses in Collier and Lee Counties are piped with polybutylene, which is most commonly recognized by a grey plastic pipe with either plastic or metal fittings that are crimped onto the pipe. Serious issues that occur with this type of piping have resulted in a class action lawsuit, and most insurance companies will not provide coverage to homes with this type of piping.

Advantages of PEX Pipe

PEX tubing is made from crosslinked HDPE (high density polyethylene) polymer. It has been in use in Europe since about 1970 and was introduced in the U.S. around 1980. The use of PEX has been increasing ever since, replacing copper pipe in many applications. PEX is widely used in all new construction and retrofit. It is preferred over other types of pipe because it:

  • Is widely used – 90% of all new construction and retrofit is a form of PEX piping.
  • Costs less – PEX is less expensive than copper pipe, and it’s easier and quicker to install compared to rigid pipe systems.
  • Requires fewer fittings – The flexible tubing can turn 90-degree corners without the need for elbow fittings, and PEX tubing unrolled from spools can be installed in long runs without the need for coupling fittings.
  • Does not require soldering – This eliminates the health hazards involved with lead-based solder and acid fluxes, and makes it safer to install.
  • Resists scale buildup – This is a common problem with copper pipe.
  • Does not corrode – PEX does not pit or corrode when exposed to acidic water.
  • Resists freeze-breakage PEX is much more resistant to freezing than copper or rigid plastic pipe.
  • Conserves energy – PEX does not transfer heat as readily as copper.
  • Is quieter than copper – Water flows more quietly through PEX tube, virtually eliminating the characteristic “water hammer” noise of copper pipe systems.

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