The Benefits of PEX Pipe

by on January 27, 2016

The Benefits of PEX Pipe

 

There are 3 main types of pipes used for plumbing: copper, CPVC, and PEX. Copper piping doesn’t need much of an explanation, but CPVC and PEX deserve a brief description.

CPVC is thermoplastic material made with chlorination of polyvinyl chloride resin (PVC). PEX pipe is made of cross-linked polyethylene. Plumbing experts agree that PEX pipe provides the most advantages.

 

PEX vs. Copper

  • PEX is more affordable for medium to large plumbing projects. PEX is about half the cost of copper tubing. Additional costs are required for necessary tools, but nothing substantial.
  • PEX is easy and fast to install, especially in manifold systems. Even in a conventional branch and main line system, connections will be faster than soldering copper.
  • Copper may corrode over time, especially in areas with acidic water. PEX has no corrosive properties.

 

PEX vs. CPVC

Copper is not used as often today because of the expense, so PEX and CPVC are left for comparison:

  • Costs of PEX and CPVC are similar, but PEX is easier to work with and provides less risk for future problems.
  • PEX pipe doesn’t use glue, so there is no need to ventilate the area or wear a respirator.
  • PEX comes in long lengths and is more flexible, enabling ease of “fishing” through walls.
  • PEX withstands cold weather better than CPVC, eliminating concerns of frozen, burst pipes.
  • PEX doesn’t become brittle and crack from chlorine residue like CPVC.
  • PEX handles hot water better than CPVC. Weakened CPVC can leak at full pressure, resulting in severe flooding.

 

If you have CPVC plumbing and notice a leak, close the main water source until the leak can be found. Flooding can occur quickly because old or damaged CPVC is prone to snapping.

PEX is the optimal choice for your plumbing installation and repairs. We at Jeff’s Kitchen, Bath & Beyond recommend that our customers consider replacing any plumbing containing CPVC piping older than 8-10 years. To learn more about PEX piping, give us a call today at 407-968-1801 or fill out a Contact Us form.

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