06:56PM | 08/13/13
Can anyone give me a bit of advice on repiping my home? I am currently stuck in a bit of a homeowners nightmare. I bought my home Jan. Since May there have been 3 problems with the plumbing. One pinhole leak that resulted in my living room wall and ceiling ripped out and redone and nearly my entire master bathroom having to be torn out and redone. That itself is another nightmare as in we hired one of "those contractors" . You know the ones that give contractors a bad name. Three months and $14,000 in clean up and other costs later and I still don't have a bathroom and don't see an end in sight. A leak in a poorly pre-patched pipe that ran under my daughters bathtub that caused damage to the garage ceiling. And a leak from the pipe that sprung from their toilet while we were away that caused damage to the walls, carpet in one of their bedrooms, floor in the bathroom and ceiling of the garage.

This beautiful home has turned into a messy money pit and my new husband , children and I just want some peace. With all of these things happening in close proximity of each other we have decided that repiping the house is a must if we don't want to keep the chaos going for years to come. I have 3 companies coming to explain options today/tomorrow. As far as I know we can either repipe with copper, PEX, or shoot the lines with e-pipe. The e-pipe sounds the best to me considering my current circumstances. The idea of having my house torn up like swiss cheese and having yet another project going on that lasts forever sounds just miserable. What I don't want to do is make the wrong decision and have to do this again in a few years.

Can anyone help me out with some pro's and con's of each that will help me make a more informed decision? Also what kind of cost I should expect and what should I look for in a good dependable company. I really want to take this mess I am currently in with our nightmare contractor and learn something so that the experience is not a complete loss. Our house is 3,000 sq ft, there are approximately 40 water lines in the house and we're located in Orange County California.


07:35PM | 08/16/13
Member Since: 01/24/06
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First off I never heard of E pipe either

Second before anyone suggests a re pipe a great idea would be to find out why your having these failures? The PH of the incoming water may need treatment or it was a poor original installation where the installer never bothered to properly size the water lines thus causing erosion

You may be dumping money into a product that is prone to failure such as the "state of the art " heating failures that morons in the USA installed under slab heating that failed because according to the law suits these inept fools did not follow directions OR the product was just no good either depends who you ask


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