Plumbing with Pex Pipe

Pex Pipe RepairsPex pipe is a cross linked polyethylene product. This means that through the processes of manufacturing the molecules are made so they form bridges - thus the term ‘cross linked’. The resulting pipe is a strong flexible pipe that can handle extremes in temperature, from below freezing to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Pex pipe is available through most plumbing wholesale distributors in the US and Canada. It is usually available in sizes up to one inch for most household plumbing uses, and can be bought in bigger diameters but it isn’t as readily available.


Installing PEX Pipe

installed pex pipeIf you are renovating or improving your home, then one of the main things that you should consider is whether the materials you use will have the longevity you require. Most individuals only renovate their home once in a blue moon, and the expense associated with the whole process may make you determined to get it right first time!

You will find that some materials are better than other to serve this purpose. One of the best materials to use if you are overhauling your plumbing is PEX pipe. Installing PEX pipe has distinct advantages and is easy to install when you know how. Intrigued? Carry on reading!

PEX: The Pipe Of The Future

How to Install Pex Plumbing

pex plumbing in ceilingDeveloped in the 1960’s, PEX is plumbing tubing that is more formally known as ‘cross-linked polyethylene’. Without blinding you with science, what it means is that a chemical process takes place to create molecules that are more durable under extremes of temperature and chemical attack, making it the ideal material for hot water installations. It is commonly used in the U.S. and many European countries not just for plumbing but also for radiant heating and snow melting applications.

Galvanized Pipe

When a pipe has been galvanized, it means that the steel or iron has been coated with zinc. Galvanized pipes are silver when they are new, and will dull to gray as they age. This will eliminate any potential rusting of the pipe. However, galvanized pipe will corrode.

If you have galvanized pipe installed, it will only be in working condition for about 40 years. The reason for the limited usage is that the corrosion, which will eventually fill the entire pipe, will restrict the water flow in the pipe. For this reason, if you have a home that is 30 years old or older, you will likely have to replace the pipes at some point.

Problems With Galvanized Pipes

Copper, PVC or Galvanized Pipe?

Some people pull their hair out trying to decide which pipes to buy for their indoor plumbing projects. In order to make it easier for you to decide, you need to know what material indoor plumbing pipes are made of. The three most common kinds of indoor pipes are listed as follows: Copper, Galvanized, PVC.

Now that you know that the main three types of indoor plumbing pipes are made of, you can analyze each type. Listed below are the advantages and disadvantages of Copper, Galvanized, and PVC. You can decide for yourself which is the best as you explore the advantages and disadvantages of each kind listed below.

Advantages and disadvantages of Copper Pipe