We hope you’ll never have to deal with the replacement of piping in the plumbing system of your home or office. Still, there are situations that come up when piping simply must be replaced such as repairing a burst pipe or older piping that has been exposed to the elements.
There are instances when older homes and buildings with very outdated pipes need to be repaired or replaces altogether. For many years, plumbing systems used iron pipes, which have been shown to cause many different health and wellness issues. Eventually, builders and plumbers turned to copper pipe as the go-to solution for building and repairing plumbing systems. It is not uncommon these days to see copper piping most homes and office buildings.
Alternative to Copper
As the industry of plumbing continues to make improvements, there are now alternatives to copper piping that have some key advantages. PEX piping has become the most popular alternative to copper. Among the many benefits of working with PEX, the cost is significantly lower than copper.
Although PEX is relatively new to the United States, it has been used for over 30 years in Europe. Plumbers continue to choose PEX over copper these days for the following reasons:
- Ease of Use – PEX is extremely flexible and durable, much more so than copper. It can be cut to any desired length for any type of job. PEX is much easier to use in tight places, such as under sinks and behind walls.
- No Joints – When it comes to copper pipes, it is often necessary to use several joints in order to get the pipes installed at the right angles. Not with PEX! PEX joints consist of threaded compression fittings or crimp-on-connection rings that make them quick and easy to use. Not only can you connect one PEX pipe to another, but you can also connect PEX to existing copper pipes.
- Resistance to Cracking – As water temperatures plunge, PEX does a much better job of resisting the pressure of freezing water. It holds up much longer to frost cracking than rigid piping, such as copper does.
- Best Buy on the Market – Above all, PEX is the best product when both plumbers and homeowners are looking to keep the cost of a plumbing project down. There are a few factors that lead to the lower cost. For one, the material PEX is made from is less expensive. Secondly, it can be installed in longer, flexible lines that use fewer fittings.
The next time you are looking at a repair or replacement of your plumbing lines, ask your Boydco Plumber if PEX is an alternative for you. We’re more than happy to go over the different options available for your project and use materials that keep the cost down. Call us today for more information at 602-335-0323.