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PEX Piping: The Copper Killer?

Pipex pipingPEX Piping vs Copper, unless you’re in the plumbing business, you may not have a clue of the difference or which piping is better for your home. So, let’s expand your knowledge of plumbing in order to know what you’re getting and if it’s something you truly want in your home. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’ll know what to request from your plumber and why.

PEX Piping is short for cross linked polyethylene pipe. What this means is that after the material goes through several processes, it becomes durable enough to handle extreme hot or cold temperatures and what’s called “creep deformation” (that occurs from extended exposure to stress). It also resists chemical attacks from alkalines, acids and other toxins. This makes PEX piping an excellent piping solution for cold and hot water plumbing systems. PEX piping is also very flexible and adapts effortlessly to temperatures from below freezing all the way up to 200 degrees!

PEX Piping is great for your budget as well. It’s an easy material for your plumber to install and is crack resistant and has fewer joints, so it brings your overall plumbing costs down. It has fewer fittings, less chance of leaks can be used along with metal or PVC Piping, and can have a pressure balancing system.

On the beneficial side, Copper resists corrosion and is not affected by ultraviolet rays, which means it can be useful for outdoor plumbing needs. This differs from PEX pipes, which can be affected by ultraviolet rays and therefore should usually not be used outside of your home. However, copper will corrode from the pH of the water if the water becomes too acidic for the copper pipes.

Copper piping can freeze and break during winter weather, it has become more expensive and more difficult to install, raising your plumbing costs and with corrosion, the higher levels of copper seeping into your water will give your water a metallic taste.

It’s our hope that these comparisons have given you a better basic understanding and knowledge of the differences between PEX and copper piping, giving you the opportunity to make the best decision for yourself.
Contact the professionals at Pilgrim Plumbing & Heating for more information and expert answers to all of your plumbing questions.

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