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Everything You Need To Know About PEX Piping

Posted on August 4th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Can you imagine living in a 30-year-old home that never experienced a leak? With PEX piping, it’s possible! PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) piping has been used for decades in other countries, but it’s new for homeowners in the United States. And guess what —  it’s the best thing since the flush toilet!

PEX Piping on Ceiling

PEX or Copper?

  • PEX is cheaper than copper!
  • PEX is faster to install compared to copper.
  • PEX is unaffected by acidic water, so it won’t corrode like copper.

PEX or Copper

  • PEX doesn’t require glue, so they work better in well-ventilated spaces.
  • PEX is less likely to burst if it freezes.
  • PEX works better when it comes to ‘fishing’ through walls in remodeling situations.

What are the Colors of PEX Piping?

PEX comes in red, blue, and white. You can use red and blue to keep track of the hot and cold lines, and the white piping can be used for either!

Does PEX Connect to Water Heaters?

Unfortunately, PEX can’t be directly connected to a water heater. First, you need to extend a pipe 18 inches from your water heater, and then you can connect the PEX to the pipe.

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