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Pros & Cons of PEX Plumbing

What is a Pex Plumbing System?

PEX plumbing piping has rapidly become one of the most popular options used for plumbing installation today. Cross-linked polyethylene tubing, commonly called PEX, is flexible and durable tubing safe for potable water. PEX is recognized as one of the most innovative products in the plumbing industry today. PEX is used in new home construction and pipe replacement and is suitable for residential or commercial plumbing in Sugar Land.

PEX Piping Advantages

PEX offers numerous advantages over copper or PVC piping including:

  • Provides an adaptable and easy-to-use plumbing system. PEX can be installed in long pipe runs requiring fewer fittings and is flexible enough to turn 90 degrees corners where other pipes would require elbow fittings. PEX pipe is lightweight and is installed significantly faster in both new home construction, and as replacement piping for a home’s existing plumbing in Sugar Land.
  • PEX offers an additional advantage over rigid piping. PEXs flexibility allows for slight expansion in freezing conditions. When the temperature drops it will freeze like any other plumbing in Sugar Land. The greater flexibility simply means it may be less likely to burst as a result of freezing.
  • The soldering required of copper pipe and the clean and glue method of PVC pipe is not required of PEX. Though there are various methods available of PEX connection, one of the most common uses is a crimping tool to attach a copper crimp ring to a PEX brass fitting.
  • It has a shutoff valve at each supply line, making it more convenient when plumbing repair is necessary.
  • PEX pipe provides greater resistance to chemicals commonly found in municipal water systems than traditional plumbing materials. In addition, PEX will not corrode, pit, or develop pinholes over time, and resists the buildup of corrosive materials and minerals that can degrade and clog other types of pipe.
  • PEX is safe, lead-free, and is NSF International certified for water purity.
  • PEX can be connected to existing copper or PVC pipe using adapters and may be used for both hot and cold water. It is color-coded, typically red for hot and blue for cold. PEX can be insulated with foam wrap insulation for locations vulnerable to indoor freezing such as on exterior walls.
  • PEX provides a reasonable cost of materials, the reduced number of fittings required and the fact that it provides an easier installation than other pipe materials means PEX is a cost-effective option for both new installations or the replacement of existing plumbing in Sugar Land.
  • Conserves energy with reduced heat transfer.
  • Eliminates the noise of the water hammer.
  • Does not require soldering as copper piping does, or gluing as PVC pipe requires.
  • Accepted for water distribution in all major plumbing codes

PEX Plumbing Pipe Disadvantages

  • While PEX has numerous benefits, it should not be used outdoors. PEX is vulnerable to UV rays, which leads to premature degradation and it will not withstand outdoor conditions of extreme cold. PEX is engineered only for indoor use.
  • PEX can’t be recycled.
  • PEX can’t be directly connected to a water heater, requiring an 18-inch copper or PVC line directly connected to the water heater. PEX may then be connected to the added line.

PEX Plumbing Pipe Installation

PEX piping has proven itself to be a reliable and durable option for indoor plumbing in residential or commercial applications. If you are anticipating a new home build or replacing aging plumbing in the near future, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for an estimate of a PEX plumbing in Sugar Land installation. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Houston, Sugar Land, Katy, and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.