If you are the average homeowner, there is a high chance that you have never heard of PEX tubing. PEX, short for cross-linked polyethylene, is a new type of pipe that can be found in homes. Some plumbers have even referred to it as the best thing since the flushable toilet. Now that you have heard of PEX tubing, you might wonder why it is coming to replace copper pipes. Here are some of the advantages that our plumbers at Team Electric Plumbing & Air have discovered while assisting the residents of New Jersey.
One of the biggest advantages of PEX piping is its flexibility. You can run it around corners without having to use any couplings or connectors. If you are performing any type of plumbing during your home renovation, PEX tubing is what you want. PEX tubing can be snaked behind walls, which means you won’t have to tear open your sheet rock to install rigid copper pipes. You will experience a lot loss demolition and save more money.
Speaking of saving money, PEX has that advantage as well. Copper pipes have experienced a rise in cost. On the other hand, PEX piping is usually a fraction of the cost. Costs are further reduced because PEX can be wrapped and stored on a spool. This reduces the shipping costs and will save you money.
You have probably heard of a pipe bursting, maybe you have even experienced it in your own home. Since PEX piping has more flexibility it can expand and contract. This means it is more burst resistant if you have problems with frosty pipes.
Do it Yourself
If you ever had to make a change with copper pipes, you would need to know how to solder. The danger of using a soldering tool without a plumbing background is very dangerous. A huge benefit to PEX piping is you can make small repairs quite easily. Once you have the right tools, you will find that replacing valves or adding lines is not very complicated.
Throughout the United States and even here in New Jersey, we can have acidic water. Don’t worry; some of the best drinking water is slightly acidic. Unfortunately, acidic water corrodes metal pipes. While the metal ions from copper aren’t going to hurt you, the corrosion can eventually eat your pipes. PEX is resistant to corrosion. If you have acidic water, then PEX piping will be your best friend.
Team Electric Plumbing & Air
Whether you have PEX tubing or rigid copper, our New Jersey plumbers are here to help you with any plumbing repair. We have been in the electric, plumbing, heating and air conditioning business for more than 20 years. Our plumbers are certified professionals and come with years of experience. When you call us, you are putting our years of experience to work for you. If you aren’t certain about PEX plumbing, give us a call. We can walk your though the options and make certain you get what is right for your home.