When looking at pipes, whether it is a small project or repiping your entire home its very easy to become overwhelmed. What’s the best choice? What is PEX? Does the investment in copper pay off? Are there any options that are good for a DIY project?
So in order to help you with this choice we wanted to lay out a side by side comparison of these piping options. In this blog we are going to focus on PEX piping.
PEX stands for Cross linked polyethylene.
PEX benefits: First of all, it’s very affordable. It can run roughly around $30 for 100 feet. It’s a great pipe for hot or for cold temperatures. In cold temperatures these pipes will not freeze. It is also a great insulating pipe so it has less heat loss making it very energy efficient. Its very flexible which makes it easy to install. If you were wanting to repipe your entire house the construction would be very minimal because you would only need to cut some small holes to thread in all of the pipes.
PEX drawbacks: PEX has been around for the past 30 years and has only been widely used for the past 10. We are being told that it will last up to 25-50 years but that is yet to be proven. And where we have seen it do well in that time, there have been concerns about the safety of this product and water contamination. There is research linking the process to make PEX with methyl tertiary butyl which is a chemical toxin found in gasoline. However, after the state of California (who notoriously has the most rigorous environmental regulations) approved the use of PEX it has been considered quite safe. PEX should not be installed in direct sunlight and cannot be buried in the soil.
After looking at these facts we hope that you get to walk away with more knowledge to help you see if PEX piping would be a good fit for you and your needs. At NIR Plumbing we always want to make sure that we are meeting YOUR needs and not the other way around.
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