Should I Replace My Pipes With PEX?

If you’re thinking of remodeling your home or upgrading your piping system, Mac Plumbing recommends using PEX piping. Here are some reasons why

PEX piping is the biggest revolution in piping since bringing bathrooms indoors.

What is PEX piping?

  • PEX piping is short for Cross-linked polyethylene.
  • It is half the price of copper
  • And it is is more flexible than PVC

Why is PEX better than copper piping?

  • PEX piping is much faster to install than copper piping and it won’t corrode like copper piping.

PEX vs. CPVC (Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride)

  • PEX does not require glue, which means you don’t have to work in well-ventilated areas or wear a respirator.
  • It is less likely to burst if it freezes.
  • It is also flexible so it’s easier to “fish” through walls in remodeling situations.

Conserves energy

  • PEX conserves energy by reducing heat transfer or loss of heat through the pipe wall.
  • Metal pipes are particularly prone to heat loss.

PEX lasts longer

  • It doesn’t corrode like galvanized steel pipes.
  • It resists scale buildup over copper pipes.
  • It has been used for decades in thousands of homes with 30-year-old leak-free piping.
  • Long-term testing programs show it has a potential lifespan of more than 100 years. Unlike copper systems which may have to be re-piped every few years due to corrosion and pinhole leaks.

Easier to install

  • PEX does not require soldering connections like copper pipes.
  • It does not require tricky threaded connections like galvanized steel.
  • Because of its flexibility, it is easier to retro-fit through existing walls.

Our skilled and experienced plumbers at Mac Plumbing can help you identify any plumbing issues you may run into and recommend the right plumbing repair or replacement services for your home or business. Quack, quack, call Mac Plumbing for all of your plumbing needs (931) 552-5555.