Installing a new water service can be an overwhelming thing as a home owner. Whether it's because of the price of the install or the tie in fees that the township requires. We can help you deal with those issues by offering different types of materials and options.
If your home was built prior to the 1920's, chances are you have lead service coming from the township water line into your property. Lead water lines were used since lead is a malleable metal and it was easier to use then the traditional water lines at the time. Since then, plumbers have changed over to galvanized steel water pipes. The problem with galvanize pipes was that over time, the insides of the pipe would corrode and eventually close off the water supply. Since then, plumbers have switched over to using copper and plastic. So what is the difference other than the cost?
Copper obviously cost more than plastic but there are reasons why people prefer it over other material. The first being how reliable it is. Copper is stronger and has a much higher tensile strength than its counter part plastic. When installed properly, it is expected to last for at least 50 plus years. The fittings that are used to connect the pipe are also known to be more staple. The problem with copper has to due with electrolysis. When two dissimilar metals come is contact with one another, there is always a chance that electrolysis can occur which can cause pin holes in the pipe. But when properly bonded, this reduces the chance dramatically.
Polyethylene Pipe (PEP)
Polyethylene Pipe, also known as PEP, is the alternative to using copper underground. PEP is what most people choose to have installed since it is cheaper. Although it cost less, doesn't necessarily mean it is a cheap pipe. It has been around for about 100 years now and plumbers still use it today because it will last just as long as copper and it is easier to work with. Unlike copper, when PEP is installed, it is installed with a tracer line so that in the future, it can be located underground with equipment. The downfall of PEP is that the tensile strength is much lower than copper and can easily break under an uneven load. With that being said, that should not be the reason why you should not want this pipe to be installed at your property.