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What Makes PEX different from Metals ?

Posted 06-01-2009 at 12:15 PM by gtglobe

PEX has finally snatched the primary spot of top plumbing materials from copper and brass. Right now this cross-linked polyethylene has created inroads to the homes and hearts of common people. The reason behind its successful capturing of the market can be attributed to a few factors. Let us take a look at them.

Copper and brass both are metals and that is why they run a high risk of corrosion. The risk of corrosion gets starker when you use water pipes that are made of either of these two materials. Moreover, these metal pipes will also leave their smell into the water. His definitely pollutes the water. Earlier no one had any answer to these incidents but now thanks to PEX these problems sound like, something distant.

Copper and brass pipes are made on a budget nearing hundred just to commute from our house to the bus stand. In addition to this during the installation of these pipes you have to be near them and should be able to see these changes that are coming to them. However, now thanks to PEX you need not to do anything. You can relax and enjoy pollution free water.

When it comes to longevity PEX outlasts its two rivals. It is also less expensive and needs almost no maintenance cost. This also means that you will not have to spend a large sum of money to make these materials run properly. The increasing prices of copper and brass have also worked against them.

PEX makes the whole plumbing affair a smooth sailing process. Pipes, and tubes made by this material are very easy to install. PEX is absolutely ideal for radiant heating systems. The flexibility of this plastic makes it open for use all the time.

Most importantly neither copper nor brass are environment friendly. PEX is known for its qualities that do not harm the environment at all. On the contrary it saves a good amount of energy from getting wasted.

PEX is ideal for home use because it will save water for you, which is a must during the months of scorching summer. You can save up to 30 percent to 40 percent of water by installing one such piping facility in your house.

PEX is ideal for cold countries, as it will never freeze. This is due to its ability to adapt itself to the changing temperature of water. This quality is absent in the tubes made of metals.

Thanks to all these factors the plastic market now has the maximum potential for growth.
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    I know of one drawback (beside all the advantages that installing PEX for the water supply has.) to using PEX in an older house where part of the plumbing/heating system is still with metal pipes. When one or more pipes will inadvertently become energized, but is not grounded (for lack of [metal] continuity) and a person coming between the pipe and a ground. This could be potentially LETHAL!
    Posted 06-03-2009 at 09:13 PM by spark plug spark plug is offline

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