PEX Pipe | Plumbing Fort Worth
Cross-linked polyethylene tubing, commonly called PEX pipe, has become a popular choice for plumbing in Fort Worth. This is due, in large part, to the fact that PEX pipe tubing is budget friendly and easy to install.
Advantages for Installation
PEX offers numerous advantages, and few disadvantages. It’s easy to see why the popularity of PEX pipes is growing rapidly. The following are some of its advantages:
- PEX is secured to fittings using a special tool for crimping, eliminating the need for solder or glue.
- PEX can be installed in long pipe runs requiring fewer fittings and installs extremely fast in new home construction.
- PEX is capable of up to 90 degree bends without the use of elbows, reducing the number of potential leaks and facilitating a rapid install.
- PEX tubing is a safe product for potable water. Its flexibility allows for slight expansion and contraction. Water can still freeze within PEX, but the property of slight expansion and contraction makes it less likely to burst than other piping.
- PEX is lightweight and easy to install, and can’t rust or corrode.
- PEX reduces water hammer noise.
- Applicable for hot or cold water.
- Can be used with PVC or copper pipe using adapters.
- It is color coded, typically red for hot and blue for cold.
- PEX can be insulated with foam wrap insulation in areas susceptible to pipe freeze such as exterior walls.
- Resistant to the chemicals chlorine and chloramine, added to water during treatment.
- PEX will not corrode, pit or develop pinholes over time, due to water chemistry.
- Resists the buildup of corrosive materials and minerals from hard water that can degrade and clog other pipe materials.
- Facilitates convenient repair of your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth by providing a shut-off for each segment.
- A cost effective solution for re-piping of plumbing in Fort Worth.
- PEX conserves energy by reducing heat transfer.
A Cost Effective Solution
The low cost of materials, and the typical reduction in the time for installation is the reason behind PEX being a cost effective re-piping solution. The reduction in labor is due to the need for fewer fittings and the time to install them, and the ability to provide long pipe runs. It adds up to savings for an effective solution in residential and commercial plumbing in Fort Worth.
There are few disadvantages to PEX:
- PEX is only for indoor use only and can’t be used outdoors. It is vulnerable to UV rays, which would lead to premature deterioration. Furthermore, it is unable to withstand outdoor conditions that would result in freezing.
- PEX can’t be directly connected to a water heater. However, it can be connected to an 18 inch copper or PVC line, which can be directly connected to the water heater.
- PEX is not recyclable.
- May allow water contamination to occur if it were to come in contact with contaminates. For example, you would not want to spray PEX with insecticides.
- Not a DIY material due to the excessive cost of the required crimping tool.
Engineered to Last and Provide Safe Water PEX pipe has been perfected over its 30 year history, providing a product that neither corrodes nor develops pinhole leaks.
PEX provides safe, lead free water and is NSF International certified for water purity. If you’re looking for a functional, cost effective solution for a new or existing home’s plumbing in Fort Worth, PEX may be the solution you need.
PEX pipe provides a reliable and almost maintenance free solution for piping. Whether you are building a new home or repiping a home’s plumbing in Fort Worth, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for a free estimate. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Fort Worth, Arlington and surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.