Replace ALL of our copper pipes????
My home is about 35 years old. Our water pipes are all copper. We have well water and the most recent water test shows a pH of 6.1. Okay -- as we learned last week, acidic water + copper pipes is a recipe for disaster. One of the upstairs pipes corroded to the point of developing a leak which ran down, through the first floor walls and into the ceiling of the finished basement, where water dripped through ceiling tiles onto the carpeting.
We had a "mitigation team" come in to dry the basement out and the leak has been fixed. There are now sections of ceilings and walls which have been removed to the studs.
So now we're in the question of what to do next. One option, very expensive, is to replace all of the copper piping. We're in the process of getting estimates for this work. IF we choose to do this, there's the question of PEX vs. CPVC. Neither of the plumbers we've called wants to do PEX because of "crimping problems." I'd love to hear some opinions of these two materials.
But even more importantly, I'd like to know if replacing all of the copper pipes is our only option. I am very uninformed about such things. My naive self wonders if it's possible to (1) use some kind of scope or detection device to determine the extent of the corrosion in the pipes, (2) repair the sections of pipe that are most likely to fail, and (3) get some kind of water treatment system that will neutralize the acid in our well water so as to prevent further erosion.
Finally, I'd like to know if there are any other options for dealing with what feels like a "ticking time bomb." I don't want to have the walls/ceilings repaired only to have to go through this again in the near future.
I'm feeling like I'm being pressured into making a decision quickly so the repairs can be made, and I appreciate whatever advice you can offer. Thanks!