If you are renovating or improving your home, then one of the main things that you should consider is whether the materials you use will have the longevity you require. Most individuals only renovate their home once in a blue moon, and the expense associated with the whole process may make you determined to get it right first time!
You will find that some materials are better than other to serve this purpose. One of the best materials to use if you are overhauling your plumbing is PEX pipe. Installing PEX pipe has distinct advantages and is easy to install when you know how. Intrigued? Carry on reading!
PEX: The Pipe Of The Future
PEX pipe is essentially plastic in layman’s terms, but is treated in such a way that it will not succumb to extreme temperatures. The cold will not render it brittle and prone to cracking and heat will not soften it nor warm it to the point that it loses its functional ability.
PEX tubing is therefore extremely flexible and hardwearing. It has distinct advantages over metal piping and fittings in that it does not corrode or scale, chlorine and other similar chemicals will not affect it, and it is also resistant to time in that it will not develop pinholes. Installing PEX pipe is therefore advantageous over any other substance.
PEX pipes are a lot cheaper than that copper pipes that had been previously used in plumbing systems and also present distinct advantage when it comes to installing PEX pipe. As PEX pipes are more flexible, it is easier to install them than other materials and also requires fewer connections and fittings to keep it in place.
For example, in order for the pipe to turn a corner, it would have been necessary to connect two lengths of pipe at a 90 degree angle in the past. However, PEX pipe will bend around the corner without causing a weakness in the system. As a result, it takes very little time to install in comparison to metal or rigid piping.
There are only 5 steps to follow when installing PEX pipe:
1. Measure the area that the piping system has to cover. It may be logical to follow the previous system. When installing the PEX pipe cut it to size, measuring carefully and taking into account that it can go round corners and thus very few connections are needed. Make sure that all edges are even before moving on.
2. Lay the pipes where they will eventually be fitted so that any discrepancies in size can be dealt with immediately.
3. If all is well with the layout, insert the first PEX pipe into a standard fitting to begin the system. The fitting will probably already be present. If not, choose a PEX adaptor to ensure that an airtight seal is formed around the pipe before proceeding.
4. Once the airtight seal is in place, bend or connect the rest of the PEX pipe until the system is in place. If connecting one length of pipe to another, use a copper crimp ring. The fitting is slotted inside the pipe and the copper crimp ring is inserted over the pipe. It is them fastened using PEX crimp tools. The connection should be tight and unmovable before you move onto the next length.
5. Finally, run water through the pipes to make sure that the connections are tight and that there are no overall weaknesses before using it as a main system. This gives you chance to detect and problems and solve them before the system is put into use.
PEX piping is the way forward for household renovations, especially plumbing systems. The advantages that they give are proven beyond doubt. Installing PEX pipe should definitely be one of your priorities because they will make your life infinitely easier in so many ways and can make your plumbing system a lot more reliable.
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