Do you know the different types of home plumbing systems? Our “Home Plumbing Systems” four-part series creates an easy access point for piping comparison.
Home Plumbing Systems – PEX Piping is the first plumbing system in our four-part series. Do you know the pros and cons about PEX Piping? If not, then this article will be a great quick read.
Advantages of PEX Piping
- Adaptable and easy-to-use plumbing system
- Can be used with hot (up to 180° with 100 psi integrity) and cold water
- Can be used with metal and PVC piping
- Quick installation with fewer fittings and connections, lowering cost and chance of leak
- Is more burst-resistant due to its flexibility
- Not as noisy as copper or steel
- Due to flexibility, PEX can form a continuous, uninterrupted line reducing leak/flow problems
- There is much less heat transfer (loss of heat) than metal piping
- No aftertaste from piping
- 40-50-year life span
Disadvantages of PEX Piping
- Must not be exposed to UV light or high concentrations of chlorine due to degradation and weakening of material
- Is not flame or extreme heat-resistant, tending to melt or burst at high temperatures
Whether you’re building a new home or just doing some research on your home’s plumbing system, knowing the different types, and the pros and cons is beneficial. We hope you found “Home Plumbing Systems – Pex Piping” informational! Check out the other articles in our “Home Plumbing Systems” series.
Copper Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/copper-piping/
CPVC Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/cpvc-piping/
Galvanized Steel Piping: http://waterdaddy.com/galvanized-steel-piping/
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