“Repiping” – the word itself can make the average homeowner grumble and cradle his or her head. But the truth is that repiping can solve the problem of a constantly-leaking or corroded pipe for a good, long time. The standard in repiping for many years was copper, but thanks to advances in technology, homeowners have another choice: flexible PEX tubing. So which should you use? We’ll take a look at both, but always remember that the experts at Ace Pelizon Plumbing are here to help with any plumbing needs you may have in Pasadena, including repiping!
As mentioned above, copper has been used as one of the main materials in plumbing since indoor plumbing became the norm for households, and there are a few reasons why. First, copper has a very long lifespan – over 50 years, and some piping has even last 100 years. It is fire resistant, can be used on the outside of your home as well as the inside of your home, and is bacteria and corrosive-resistant. However, the metal itself can be expensive, so the piping is, too. Copper also requires installation by a trained expert; it can’t be installed by just anyone. Installation can also take some time as copper is not flexible and soldering is part of the installation process.
PEX tubing is polyethylene, cross-linked tubing. Cross-linking is a way of binding the molecules in the tubing’s plastic in bridge-like shapes, which increases its strength and longevity; as such, PEX tubing is both flexible and durable. One of the great things about PEX tubing is that it is temperature resistant; this means they can expand and contract with the temperatures, greatly reducing the incidents of breaks. However, it cannot be placed outside, like copper. Additionally, PEX tubing has a 25 year warranty but can last much longer. The flexible nature of the tubing allows for much easier installation and far fewer joints. Lastly PEX tubing is much less expensive than copper, which can save homeowners significantly.
Choosing repiping materials is a task best accomplished with a trained professional. The experts at Ace Pelizon Plumbing have worked extensively with both types of materials and can offer their expertise with every job. If you’re in need of quality plumbing services in Pasadena, give us a call today to schedule an appointment!
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