What is PEX Plumbing?

August 15, 2022

If you’re a homeowner, you know the Plumbing and the pipes that you use in your house are one of the most essential aspects of your home. If there’s a problem with your plumbing, it can lead to disastrous events and water damage. You’ll want to ensure you have the best piping for your plumbing to prevent any potential problems from occurring.

But what is the best option for pipes to use for the plumbing in your home? PEX Plumbing is one of the best materials out there to choose from! PEX Plumbing is reliable, flexible, affordable, and makes a great option for your home in Arizona. 

What is PEX Plumbing?

You may have never heard of PEX before, but it’s one of the most common options for plumbing! PEX, the abbreviation for cross-linked polyethylene pipes, where it binds the molecules in a bridge-like structure so that the pipe is durable and flexible.

The polyethylene material is processed so that it can withstand more than copper piping! PEX Piping is resistant to:

  • Chemicals
  • Corrosions 
  • Hot or cold extreme temperatures 
  • Deformation from long-term exposure to stress

All of this makes PEX an excellent and versatile piping material for both hot and cold water systems for your home. PEX plumbing is becoming increasingly popular in new construction and home renovation projects became the standard for plumbing after 1990.

What is Galvanized Pipes?

Galvanized pipes are made of steel with a protective coating of zinc on both the inside and outside. Galvanized pipes were commonly installed in homes before 1960 and were frequently used until 1990. However, as time progresses, minerals in water gradually eat away the zinc and the coating itself wears down from the friction of passing water.

Over time, galvanized pipes also corrode and rust, which drastically reduces the lifespan and efficiency of the piping. As the passages become smaller and smaller, your water pressure will not only be compromised but this can also create clogs so big that the pipe may burst.

Galvanized steel pipes may also contain lead, which led homeowners and plumbers to use PEX Piping instead to prevent progressive corrosion and damage.

If your home was built between 1960-1990 and still has the original pipes, it may be time to consider getting them re-piped. The galvanized pipes may not be working as well as they could be or could potentially burst, which every homeowner wants to avoid.

The Benefits of PEX Pipes

PEX Piping is a reliable option to use for the piping of your home. PEX Piping has several of benefits, the main advantage is that it’s durable and flexible. This means that they can withstand high temperatures and freeze-thaw cycles without cracking or leaking. PEX Piping is well adapted for temperatures below freezing all the way up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit!

PEX pipes are also less likely to corrode than traditional copper or metal pipes. There are no known health risks associated with PEX Piping, unlike Galvanized pipes which can contain lead. PEX also has a lower thermal conductivity rate than copper or galvanized pipes. As a result, PEX pipes can help keep hot water hotter for longer periods of time. 

Another benefit of PEX Pipes is they are significantly more affordable than other piping materials. PEX is easy for plumbers to install and has fewer joints and they can be installed without the need for soldering or gluing, which will bring your costs down.

With an average lifespan of 50 years, PEX Pipes make an affordable and durable option. If you are considering a plumbing upgrade or you’re in need of a total repipe of your home, be sure to ask your plumber about the benefits of PEX pipes.

Professional Plumber To Repipe Your Home With Pex Piping

When it’s time to repipe your home, choosing the right Plumbing Company to help you is extremely important. Plumbers who are familiar with PEX Plumbing will be able to install your new pipes quickly and correctly, ensuring that your home or business has a reliable plumbing system.

Cummings Plumbing Heating and Cooling has experienced, trained and professional plumbers available to give you a free estimate for repiping your home! If you are considering a repipe in the Southern Arizona area, give us a call and we would be happy to send a technician out to assess what needs to be done.

With over 36 years of experience, you can count on our team to get the job done safely, efficiently, and at an affordable price. Contact us today for more information!

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