When your home needs to be repiped, you have the decision to make for the type of pipe material you want installed. Your budget will be a consideration, and other factors such as water chemistry, soil type and any potential challenges your home may present should also be considered when selecting new plumbing in Fort Worth for your home.
The most popular pipe materials are copper, and PEX pipe. Our plumbers will be glad to assist you with the information you need about these or other pipe materials when you’re choosing new plumbing in Fort Worth.
Copper Pipe the Advantages
- Copper is bacteriostatic in nature, and inhibits the growth of bacteria.
- Copper pipe resists corrosion under normal conditions, and won’t rust or degrade outdoors. In addition, copper doesn’t deteriorate outdoors in UV light.
- Copper is recyclable.
- Copper is slightly flexible easing installation.
- Copper is more durable in natural disasters than some options such as PVC.
- Resists freezing outdoors when installed below the frost line.
- Provides a service life of 50 to 75 years under normal conditions.
Disadvantages of Copper
Water with an acidic pH can cause copper to corrode.
Copper has a higher cost than other pipe materials.
Requires insulation when installed above the frost line.
Advantages of PEX Pipe
PEX pipe (cross-linked polyethylene) offers a cost effective solution for those on a tight budget and is easy to install due to its superior flexibility. PEX can be installed in long pipe runs, reducing the number of fittings required, and the time required for your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth. Additional advantages include:
• Fittings are attached with the use of a specialized crimping tool, eliminating the need for solder or glue.
• PEX can make 90 degree turns without elbows, and facilitates installation in tight spaces.
• By design, PEX’s reduces heat transfer, reducing heat loss and saving energy.
• The PEX system provides a shutoff valve at each supply line. This offers convenience when repair is required, enabling the water to remain on for the rest of the home.
- The minerals contained in hard water can accumulate, and clog copper and PVC pipe. PEX is resistant to build-up.
- PEX’s flexibility enables it to tolerate slight expansion and contraction. Water can still freeze inside PEX, but having the ability to expand means it’s less likely to burst than other pipe materials. However, as stated, water can freeze and potentially burst PEX. Use foam wrap insulation on PEX in vulnerable locations.
- PEX can be used for both hot and cold water, and is available in colors. Consumers typically select red PEX for hot water, and blue PEX for cold water.
- PEX can be used with PVC or copper pipe with adapters.
- PEX is lead free, and is NSF International certified for water purity and potable water use.
- PEX offers a budget friendly option for re-piping your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth.
Disadvantages of PEX
PEX can’t be used in outdoor locations as it can freeze. In addition, PEX is vulnerable to the sun’s UV rays, and exposure can cause premature failure. Only use PEX for your indoor plumbing in Fort Worth.
PEX is not a recyclable material.
Due to its composition, PEX can absorb contaminates. Ensure your pest control professional does not spray around PEX.
As PEX can be used for long pipe runs, it may require bracing and support to prevent movement of the pipe.
Never connect PEX to a water heater. However, an 18-inch PVC or copper pipe can be used between PEX and the appliance.
When you’re faced with repiping, ensure you receive a proper installation of your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth, in order to receive the longest possible service life from the product of your choice. Hiring a qualified, licensed plumber with expertise will ensure the project meets, or exceeds the industry standards. You can rely on a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Fort Worth to provide first quality installation.
When you require repiping, our professional plumbers can assist you in selecting the right pipe material for your budget, and your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing serves Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.