PEX Pipe Plumbing
What is PEX Pipe?
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 tubing is made from crosslinked HDPE (high density polyethylene) polymer. The HDPE is melted and continuously extruded into tube. The crosslinking of the HDPE is accomplished in one of three different methods.
- PEX plumbing has been in use in Europe since about 1970, and was introduced in the U.S. around 1980. The use of PEX has been increasing ever since, replacing copper pipe in many applications, especially radiant heating systems installed in the slab under floors or walkways.
- PEX is much more resistant to freeze-breakage than copper or rigid plastic pipe.
- PEX tubing does not transfer heat as readily as copper, conserving energy and lowering your utility bills.
- Water flows more quietly through PEX tube. The common “water hammer” sounds of metal-based pipe systems is almost completely eliminated.
- PEX installations are often more cost effective because PEX is less expensive than copper pipe, less time is spent running pipe and installing fittings than with metal-based or rigid pipe systems and installing fewer fittings with PEX reduces the chances for return service calls. If you’re looking for an alternative to a copper repipe, contact us at California Repipe Specialist.
What is PEX Repiping?
Repiping is the removal or bypass of existing plumbing pipes and replacing them with new PEX pipes. The PEX we use is among the highest quality available and guaranteed for life.