A single family home repipe is a complete replacement and/or bypass of the existing water distribution system beginning at the transition point between the exterior and interior service pipe and terminating at the various fixtures within the residence. One of the most serious plumbing problems for a homeowner to face in Florida is a leak within or underneath the slab of the home. The internal pitting corrosion of copper pipes is rare but costly problem that leads to the formation of pinhole leaks. Pinhole leaks are a major concern to homeowners as may lead to loss of water resources from undetected leaks in pipes that are in the slab foundation or result in highly variable amounts of water damage. A Copper plumbing system can be in a condition of having significant damage by pitting corrosion, but not have any pinhole leaks.
In order to comply with the Safe Water Drinking Act of 1991, water treatment plants began disinfecting our drinking water with Chloromines instead of Chlorine. This removed the Natural Organic Matter (NOM) from the water which most certainly makes our drinking water safer, but at a cost of very aggressive wear to the copper pipes.
With Natural Organic Matter in the water, the copper was able to develop a protective film coating. As this protective film developed, it served to “protect” the pipes from the water, with resulting corrosion rate decreases. However, the changes made to our water chemistry in 1991 interfered with the formation process, resulting in accelerated pitting and corrosion.
Here in North Port, Florida, homes built in the 1960’s and 70’s can expect about 30-35 years of life from their copper pipes. Homes built since 1980 will get about 8-15 years of life from their copper pipes. And believe it or not, we have seen some pipes may fail in as little as 2 years.
If you find yourself in this situation, consider that JC Little Plumbing of North Port has years of experience in this specialty, and can guide you through selecting your best alternatives as repair options. The biggest challenge, of course, is gaining access to the leak in such an inaccessible location. We have solutions for repairing the damage which may save you time and money.
JC Little Plumbing of North Port specializes in replacement of all pipes, including:
· Cast Iron
We use only the best materials and we work to code. And you can rest assured that our work will cause minimum disruption to your environment. For quick, friendly but efficient pipe installation, there’s no one better than JC Little Plumbing.