Rick many people call us looking for the best solution for pinhole leaks. What are their options?
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.