Whenever your home needs to be repiped, you have the decision to make for what type of pipe material you want to have installed in your home. To make this decision, you will need to consider your budget and other factors such as the soil type, water chemistry and other possible challenges that your home may present such as hard to reach areas. There’s quite a bit of work and forethought that goes into such a project and if you do not know what you are doing you will want to hire professional plumbers in Houston, TX to help you.
The top two pile materials used both in new home builds and existing homes are copper and PEX pipe. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing’s plumbers in Houston, TX will be glad to assist you with the information that you need about these or other types of pipe materials when you are choosing new plumbing for your home or need help from professional plumbers in Houston, TX.
The Advantages of Copper Pipe
- Copper pipe is bacteriostatic in nature and inhibits the growth of bacteria.
- Copper pipe is resistible to corrosion under normal conditions and will not rust or degrade in the outdoors. Additionally, copper does not deteriorate outdoors under the UV light of the sun.
- Copper pipe is recyclable.
- Copper pipe has slight flexibility which will help with installation in some tight places.
- Copper pipe is more durable in natural disasters than other pipe material options such as PVC pipe.
- Copper pipe has a service life that is between fifty to seventy five years when under normal conditions.
The Disadvantages of Copper
- Acidic water can cause corrosion within copper pipes.
- Copper Pipes are higher in cost than other choices of pipe materials.
- Copper pipes require insulation whenever they are installed above the frost line.
Advantages of PEX Pipe
PEX pipe, also known as, cross-linked polyethylene, offers a cost effective solution for homeowners that are on a strict budget. PEP pipe is also easy to install due to its superior flexibility capabilities and PEX pipe can be installed by plumbers in Houston, TX in long pipe runs, which reduces the amount of fittings that are required. Due to its flexibility and long pipe run capacities it is also much quicker to install under normal circumstances. PEX pipe is a great choice for both new home builds and repiping in existing homes. Give Benjamin Franklin Plumbing a call to speak to one of our professional plumbers in Houston, TX to assist you with your questions with PEX pipes.
Additional Advantages of PEX Pipe
- PEX pipe fittings are connected with the use of a specialized crimping tool. This eliminates the need for soldering or gluing, speeding up the install process of the pipe.
- PEX pipe can make 90 degree turns without the need of elbows, thus reducing the cost of the amount to install PEX piping. PEX pipe also can be placed in very tight spaces due to its superior flexibility which further reduces the cost and time by plumbers in Houston, TX needed to install it.
- PEX pipe reduces the transfer of heat, by reducing heat loss it can save in energy costs.
- PEX systems provide shutoff valves at each supply line. Not only does this offer convenience whenever a repair is needed but it also allows for the water to remain on for other areas in the house making it convenient for the homeowner and their family.
- PEX pipes are resistant to minerals that would clog copper and PVC pipe.
- Due to PEX piping’s flexibility, it enables it to tolerate slight expansion and contraction. Water is still able to freeze within PEX pipes, but due to its flexibility, PEX pipe is less likely to experience a pipe burst than copper and PVC pipes.
- PEX pipes can be used for both hot and cold water. PEX piping is color coded to help distinguish between hot and cold water. Hot being red and cold being blue.
- PEX pipes can also be used in conjunction with PVC and copper pipe when a special adapter is used to connect the two.
- PEX pipes are lead free and are NSF International Certified for water purity and potable water use.
- PEX pipes offer a budget friendly alternative for re-piping an existing home.
The Disadvantages of PEX
- PEX piping cannot be used in outdoor applications as it can freeze. Additionally, PEX pipes are vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays and exposure will cause premature failure. PEX pipes should only be used in indoor applications.
- PEX piping is not a recyclable material.
- Due to the composition of PEX pipes, PEX can absorb contaminates. Ensure that your pest control professionals do not spray poison around your PEX pipes.
- Since PEX pipes can be used in long pipe runs, it will usually require some form of bracing and support to help prevent the movement of the pipe.
- PEX pipes should never be connected to a water heater. Use an 18-inch piece of PVC or copper pipe that is connected to the PEX pipe via a special adaptor to be used between PEX piping and appliances.