First was galvanized steel, then copper piping, then PVC pipe and now the next generation in water delivery comes from PEX piping and fittings. And while PEX has many advantages over its predecessors, care must still be taken to make sure that it is the right application. Call the Alpharetta plumber that has earned an A plus BBB rating, R.S. Andrews at 404-793-7887.
What is PEX Anyway?
PEX piping and fittings are polyethylene plastic that has cross links. Formed into a tube, this makes for a very strong and reliable water delivery system.
How is PEX Better Than Copper?
PEX piping and fittings are easier to install, as they are flexible, and can be made to fit under the sink a lot easier for example. PVC and copper piping all need elbow joints if they are travel in anything other than a straight line. Also, PEX doesn’t need to be soldered together like copper, so there is no fire risk in installation. Once installed, it doesn’t corrode and can be expected to last around 50 years under normal operating conditions. And it can be used for either hot or cold water with equal ease.
But, it Doesn’t Work for Every Application.
Since PEX piping and fittings are polyethylene plastic, they don’t stand up well to ultraviolet light. Direct exposure to sunlight will cause the PEX to become brittle, and then fail from the water pressure. This failure has been documented to occur in as little as thirty days of direct sunlight exposure. So, if the sun might hit the piping, better go with PVC or copper. Or the pipes need to be well insulated to keep the sun off the PEX.
PEX piping and fittings can certainly be a savings, both in material and labor costs due to its ease of use and installation. And once the PEX is installed by our Alpharetta plumbing team, the likelihood of failure is less than with all other types of pipes, even in freezing conditions. Call R.S. Andrews today at 404-793-7887.