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What is PEX, is it reliable and does it have any advantages?

New homes and many remodeled homes have PEX. What are the advantages of PEX and is it reliable?

PEX used to replace original supply lines
PEX piping in crawlspace

Pex, also known as PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), is a type of flexible plastic tubing used in plumbing systems for both residential and commercial applications. It is commonly used for hot and cold water distribution, radiant floor heating, and snow melting systems.

PEX tubing offers several advantages over traditional rigid piping materials like copper or PVC, including flexibility, ease of installation, resistance to corrosion, and lower cost. Its flexibility allows for fewer connections, reducing the risk of leaks, and making installations faster and simpler.

In terms of reliability, PEX tubing has been extensively tested and approved for use in plumbing systems by various building codes and standards organizations, including ASTM International and the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC). When installed correctly following manufacturer guidelines and local building codes, PEX tubing is considered reliable and durable.

However, like any plumbing material, the reliability of PEX tubing depends on proper installation techniques, adherence to local building codes, and the quality of the materials used. When installed and maintained correctly, PEX tubing can provide long-lasting and reliable performance in plumbing systems.


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