Re: Supply pipe replacement question: copper vs plastic
Posted by Charles Goodman on November 05, 19100 at 14:54:33:
In response to Re: Supply pipe replacement question: copper vs plastic
: This is a repost - no one answered the last time.
: COME ON NOW! Someone must have an opinion! :-)

: I need to replace the galvanized supply pipe running underground from the street to my house. My plumber has recommended replacing it with "1-inch black plastic pipe". His stated reason for recommending the non-copper pipe is that he says he has found it to be less problematic (kinks, pinches, etc.) than copper pipe, and that he has replaced a lot of fairly new copper pipe recently. He also says that water flows better through the non-copper pipe. He plans to replace the pipe without digging by pulling it into place while pulling out the old pipe.

: I am concerned about using non-copper pipe primarily due to the question of longevity. Based on comments I have already read in the forum, I am expecting the recommendation on this board to be to go with copper.

: Is there a good website or book that discusses the pros and cons of copper vs non-copper pipe?

: If it matters, the home is in Northern New Jersey.

: Thanks very much!

If I were you I would call another plumber. There's NO WAY that black plastic pipe (commonly called "junk pipe" by every plumber that I know to be a "Professional". I have been a plumber for about 40 years and I have never had to replace a Soft Copper (type K, or type L) water service pipe. I have never repaired a black plastic line that I didn't have to repair/replace later. I don't know the going rate there, but around middle Tennessee, you might expect to pay around $750 for up to 100 ft. of 3/4" soft copper, including labor.
Best regards,

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