If you want to save money on plumbing services for a remodeling job or an addition to your home, ask your plumber if installing PEX plumbing pipes instead of traditional copper pipes might be right for you.
Most traditional homes incorporated the use of copper pipes or hard plastic pipes for plumbing lines throughout the home. If you are thinking about doing a remodel in an area of your home, or an addition that requires plumbing services and new pipes, the use of the newer PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) pipes can add up to a substantial savings in plumbing costs. The newer PEX tubing costs about one-third the price of more traditional copper plumbing pipes.
The benefits of using PEX pipes are many. PEX tubing is safer since it eliminates the need for a torch. It is also faster to install than traditional copper pipes which require soldering. The more flexible PEX piping also requires fewer fittings than rigid copper or plastic pipes, which cuts down installation time as well and helps to ease any issues with tight or difficult areas.
Once installed, PEX tubing does not transfer heat as readily as copper pipes, which conserves energy and they are also quieter, without the characteristic “water hammer” noises that can emanate from copper pipes. In addition, PEX tubing resists the scale build-up that sometimes comes with copper piping and if your water is acidic, PEX tubes will not pit or corrode as sometimes happens with copper plumbing pipes.
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