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Dealing With Dezincification In PEX Tubing Installation

As we’ve detailed in several other posts PEX installation has many advantages over other types of plumbing. Whether you’re repiping an entire house or constructing a brand new heated driveway, PEX is more affordable, faster to install, and generally more durable than both CPVC and copper piping. However, as PEX tubing is still a relatively new plumbing material in America, many home insurance companies are skeptical of construction jobs that want to utilize it. Insurers Are Skeptical Of PEX Tubing Installation Insurance companies are most concerned with their bottom line in the event of a catastrophe, and when it comes to disasters, the water-related kind are one of the most expensive. “In the engineering profession, we understand that it is...

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5 Ways PEX Tubing Is Superior To Other Plumbing Tools

In an earlier post about the PEX plumbing revolution, we hinted at the many ways PEX tubing is superior to other plumbing materials. We told you to stay tuned for a post that would take a more in-depth look at this advantages and guess what? This is that post! Before we dive into the benefits of installing PEX tubing, it’s important to pay homage to the plumbing materials that came before. Thankfully, we finally learned that lead was a terrible material for plumbing, so the two most popular alternatives became: Copper Plumbing A durable and relatively flexible metal, copper piping has been around for many decades and is still used in both new and existing construction. Copper piping is known...

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Understanding The Three Different PEX Tubing Grades

Not all PEX plumbing supplies are created equal. In addition to being made in multiple different colors (generally red, white, blue, and gray), PEX tubing is also made in three common grades. It’s important for everyone in the plumbing or radiant heat flooring business to be familiar with these grades, so that they can respond to clients if and when they have questions about which pipe is being used. Knowing the pros and cons of each of these PEX plumbing supplies is also important for projects involving certain insurance companies or local building codes. Some grades are permissible while others are prohibited, and it’s important to choose the right one so that there aren’t any complications further down the line....

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Answering Questions About PEX Tubing And Water Safety

While they have many redeeming qualities, copper plumbing pipes are expensive and can be clunky to work with. For many decades, plumbers just dealt with these issues as a cost of doing business, but in recent years a new alternative has emerged. PEX tubing is far less expensive than other options, making it very attractive to contractors and consumers on budget. “A 2012 comparison showed PEX pipe was the least expensive among plastic pipes, costing 43 cents per foot compared to the most expensive metal, copper pipe, at $2.55 per foot,” explains Angie’s List. However, any time you’re cutting prices you have to wonder about whether you’re cutting quality as well. Since installing PEX tubing has a direct impact on...

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4 Unusual Possibilities For PEX Installation

When we talk about PEX installation, most contractors assume we’re talking about plumbing applications and they’re not totally wrong. It’s true that PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) tubing has sparked quite the plumbing revolution, quickly becoming a highly sought after alternative to copper and other types of metal piping. Not only is PEX more flexible, less susceptible to erosion, and easier to install, these superior attributes also translate into more affordable pricing for both plumbing contractors and consumers. But the pipes that carry grey and black water out of a home or business aren’t the only applications for PEX piping. Let’s take a look at other types of PEX installation that might come as a surprise. 1. Radiant Floor Heat Clients who’re...

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