Sure. We have been watching the PEX plastic, which has been used in California for more than 10 years now.
We know that all of the brands of PEX are introducing different levels of carcinogenic chemicals, although below the legal limit. (Legal limits for contaminants in tap water have NOT been updated in close to 20 years!) And these things are getting into the bath and shower water and the consumption water.
We also know from a price standpoint that PEX piping has nearly doubled from re-piping a home.
This makes addressing your water quality conditions with a whole house filtration and salt free water conditioning system much more affordable. You do not need to re-pipe if you change the water chemistry and remove the chloramines that cause pinhole leaks. And do it before you get pinhole leak damage. Prevent them rather than wait to repair them.
Our systems are a great way to save money and avoid the disruption and other problems that come with re-piping with plastic pipes.
Below is a recent review of our service regarding preventing pinhole leaks in copper plumbing in Irvine, CA from reoccurring. These folks did a lot of research on how to best handle their plumbing issues and that’s why they came to us.
“RICK, NICK, & the PURE ELEMENTS WATER company are a pleasure to work with.
My home had a pinhole leak about 1.5 years ago. We had the leak fixed, but have since been concerned about the high possibility of another pinhole leak occurring, especially since this is any issue for many of the homes in our area. For about 1.5 years now, my husband and I have been researching options, including PEX or the EPOXY lining. We even had several companies quote us for both PEX and EPOXY.
We know of several individuals that have repiped their home with PEX, however felt this option was too aggressive, since this would create multiple holes throughout our entire home. Furthermore, after researching the pro/cons of PEX and although certain companies did provide a good warranty, we felt that at this time PEX was definitely the most aggressive option, especially since we had a functioning copper pipe system at this time.
Another option we debated was EPOXY lining of the existing copper pipes. This was a more conservative option to PEX. However most of the companies that had provide us with quotes did not provide a warranty that stood behind their work — meaning if the epoxy failed and there was a leak — the best warranty we found was a company that would fix the leak at no charge, but collateral damage was not covered. Which to us meant that they were not confident that there would not be another pinhole leak after the EPOXY lining.
It seemed that both PEX and EPOXY were addressing the damage caused by chemicals in the water, mainly chloramine. BUT neither addressed the main cause: the water chemistry — the chemicals in the water itself that are causing the damage.
In search for a more conservative option to PEX, we actually found PURE ELEMENTS WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM. The website, the information I found online, and Rick the owner, helped me understand that their water filtration system actually addresses the main cause — the chemicals (mainly chloramine) that are causing the damage to the copper pipes, leading to the pinhole leaks.
I contacted Rick on the YELP app, and he responded right away, and I was able to speak with him on the phone that day for more than 1 hour — and this was on a weekend day (not a weekday!) Rick was extremely knowledgeable, informative, friendly, and attentive It was obvious that he had a lot of passion and experience about water.
After the conversation, Rick agreed to meet in person with my husband and I, and was even very accommodating with the meeting time. When he arrived to our house, he was on time and spent over 1.5 hours educating us. He helped us realize that his filtration system is NOT like all other filtration systems out there, because his filtration system is actually customized to address the type of water and chemicals coming into your home in your community.
After reviewing the pro/cons of all our options, my husband and I decided to move forward with the PURE ELEMENTS WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM.
On the day of installation, Nick from the company came to build us a customized set up for our home and for our custom built Pure Elements Water Filtration Tank. Nick was friendly, efficient, and his work was very clean.
Rick (the owner), Nick, and the entire Pure Elements Team have been nothing but helpful and accommodating.
We look forward to now having drinking water from each faucet, as well as removal of the chemicals from the water, that have been the source and cause of the pinhole leaks. When there is a problem, it only makes sense to address the cause first. We feel that installing the Pure Elements Water Filtration system is the most conservative and logical way to approach this widespread pinhole leak issue.
Thank you Pure Elements Team for your help and great customer service.”
Well, many of these people are being pushed down the standard path toward re-piping the home. They will be told to replace the pipes with PEX plastic tubing, which is still extremely controversial because it introduces foreign chemicals into the water. Many of these chemicals are carcinogenic.
Although the chemicals are below legal limits that does not mean much since legal limits have not been updated in over 20 years. https://www.epa.gov/sdwa. Just because a contaminant is below legal limits does not mean it is necessarily safe. We often find out later that it is not but by then the damage is already done.
We are also not a big fan of PEX plastic pipe because it has about half the life of copper materials. It might only last 25 to 50 years. It is surprising how fast 25 years can go by. Copper can easily last 50 to 70 years. Both will last longer if you change the water chemistry going into them so they don’t break down. That is what our product is all about.
Recently the PEX industry has seen a dramatic increase in the pricing, so that used to be the best price choice but it is no longer.
Another approach is to line pipes with epoxy linings, which are resin. Again this introduces chemicals into the water creating potential for health issues. And there are a host of other issues with epoxy. It is best used for sewer lines.
The best solution is to fix the water chemistry and stop the attack on the existing copper pipes. When you do this you can maintain your copper pipes in place without the cost or disruption of re-piping. Get the initial pinhole leak fixed and then get our system installed to clean the water correctly and protect the pipes. You can avoid controversial materials like PEX plastic piping and in addition to that you can enjoy exceptional water quality for bathing and cooking and drinking and all your household water needs.
Check us out for that. We’re about half the cost of what it takes today to re-pipe a standard home in the traditional plastic piping you.
Hi, this is Rick from Pure Elements Water, and we are experts at preventing future pinhole leaks in copper plumbing. Chloramines are the disinfectant that are plaguing the coast in California. The levels have more quadrupled in the last four years and crossed the tipping point, so they are eating your metal from the inside out. We focus on chloramine filters and the reduction of chloramine to levels below detectable in lab tests so that we can help you prevent future pinhole leaks. Chloramine filters are not created equal. It is a very tricky process to effectively get those out of your water, and it’s important to get them out not only to protect your copper piping infrastructure, but also for health concerns and other issues in the home. So we can help you prevent the pinhole leaks and we look forward to working with you.
We have created a new satellite website called stoppinholes.com. This site will thoroughly address the pinhole leak epidemic that many people are experiencing in Southern Orange County.
This new site goes into greater detail in regards to the causes of pinholes in copper plumbing as well as a homeowner’s possible options to solve the problem.
There are also many examples of chloramaine filters we have installed for happy clients in Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest and all over Orange County, California.
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