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sweetsue

01:09PM | 02/21/06
Member Since: 02/20/06
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I live in Cape Cod Mass. Every Winter I find myself with frozen and cracked pipes. My plumber has recommended I try replacing the copper with plastic water pipes. Does anyone know if they will work well in *cold* New England?

Thanks!

erik peterson

12:06PM | 02/22/06
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
I would get a second opinion of a local plumber who is familiar with winter problems. erik

sweetsue

02:47PM | 02/22/06
Member Since: 02/20/06
2 lifetime posts
The idea did seem a little odd to me. The plumber said the plastic piping was guaranteed for 20 years though so I thought I should seriously look at it. I live on the ocean year-round and when the wind blows hard - at 0 degrees - the power goes out and the pipes freeze.

The next day I end up using a hair dryer to thaw it out or soldering a replacement on. They are over 30 yrs old and seem very thin. I thought I'd replace them all inside the house. I'm not sure what to do now.

Thanks for the advice though!

Billhart

08:43PM | 02/22/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
When he used the termm plastic was he talking about PEX or CPVC.

PEX is a flexible plastic and it is suppose to withstand "some" freezing. It has a memory effect. In fact that is how one type of connection system works. They expand the end of the tubbing to slide it over the fitting.

Then it returns to normal and "locking ring" is pushed over it.


erik peterson

05:22AM | 02/23/06
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
We have replaced hundreds of "new" flexible plastic systems in houses less than 10 years old....the main issue that these products are not designed to withstand rodents which easily chew through the material. Most of these tracts are adjacent to rural areas in San Diego county....erik


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