PEX (known as Crosslink Polyethylene) is a home plumbing system that has many perks compared to traditional metal or plastic piping systems. PEX is superior water pipe system due to its ability to allow you to shut off water to a single object in your home without having to turn off your whole water system. This is great for times when you have plumbing problems, water flying everywhere, and just need one pipe shut off. The material itself is flexible, chlorine resistant, and is much faster and easier to install than its cousin piping systems.
PEX (or crosslinked polyethylene) is part of a water supply piping system that has several advantages over metal pipe (copper, iron, lead) or rigid plastic pipe (PVC, CPVC, ABS) systems. It is flexible, resistant to scale and chlorine, doesn't corrode or develop pinholes, is faster to install than metal or rigid plastic, and has fewer connections and fittings.
PEX has been around and used in Europe since 1970 and was first used in the United States around 1980. PEX has grown increasingly popular since then and has been a great replacement for copper piping for radiant heating systems.
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The Advantage of PEX Plumbing Pipe Systems
The main advantage of a PEX pipe system is its ease of use. Just about anyone interested in doing the plumbing for their own house will find PEX to be a very easy to deal with and install. Here are some other reasons why you'll like PEX:
-PEX is very versatile and can connected with steel, copper, PVC, and CPVC plumbing systems. PEX is also able to be used with both hot and cold water.
-PEX is by far the most flexible piping material out there. You can bend the pipe around corners without using a PEX fitting or coupling.
-Since most other pipe systems revolve around a lot of fittings and leaks occur at these areas, PEX is superior to other pipe choices because it doesn't require near as many fittings, you're less likely to face leaks in the future.
-In case of pipe damage, there are kits you can buy to fix your PEX pipes.
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