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Should you use copper repiping or PEX repiping to redo your homes plumbing?

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In general, the latest recommendations are to use PEX piping over copper even though copper has been the most popular solution for decades now.

With the recent increase in copper values, the price of the job to do a full copper install can be much higher than PEX. Also, there are a number of thefts occurring where thieves will go into houses that are only occupied a few months out of the year and strip all of the copper plumbing in order to sell it.

PEX plumbing has a lower cost, and is easier to install. In addition to all of these benefits it is also quieter, and does not expand and contract with the temperature like metal does.
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