Category: Plumbing

Working With PEX Plumbing Systems

  • By Householders Guide
  • 9th January, 2014
Pex Plumbing

Those that are working within the plumbing industry might want to find out a bit more about what it is like working with PEX plumbing, as this is actually a material that presents less of a challenge than metal or plastic piping. PEX is also known as crosslinked polyethylene, and it has a range of advantages associated with it, including the fact that it does not corrode over time. The fact that this material is more flexible than metal or plastic, as well as resistant to chlorine or scale means that it is much easier to work with and it can be installed a lot faster.

Another benefit of this type of system is the fact that it requires fewer fittings, and so professionals will have a much easier time of installing it. This material has been used all over Europe since the 1970's, and it crossed the ocean into America around 1980.With all of the benefits associated with this product, it quickly became one of the most popular materials used within the plumbing industry.

Those that are weighing the pros and cons to determine whether they should make use of PEX tubing might want to start out by considering the lower shipping costs associated with this material, which is due to the method in which it is packaged and stored. Costs associated with shipping tend to greatly increase the price of materials, and this is one way that individuals can save money on their plumbing supplies. The fact that this material is lighter also tends to decrease the shipping cost, as well as make the piping easier to handle during the installation process.

When working with PEX plumbing, professionals will usually have an easier time of getting the material to fit around corners, since it is more flexible, and this also means that extra parts such as elbow fittings are not a necessity. By choosing to make use of this material, individuals can save money when they purchase the item, as well as when they choose to install it. The fact that soldering is not required to install the material also means that hazards related to this task are not present, and this makes the installation process a lot safer.

One of the biggest problems that professionals have with copper piping is the fact that it tends to be prone to scale build-up, but this is something that PEX plumbing is not. The fact that this material is also more resistant to breakages under freezing conditions means that there is less chance of a burst occurring, which often results in costly repairs.

Those that are considering having PEX plumbing installed within their homes or commercial buildings might want to consider the financial benefits associated with this product, as well as the fact that it will last much longer, allowing individuals the chance to avoid calling in professionals for costly replacements and repairs. Choosing the right material for your plumbing is imperative, especially in a day and age where so much variety allows people to make sound choices with regards to high quality piping.

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