What is Re-piping?
Re-piping is the process of replacing the existing pipe system in a home or business with a new one. This goes by a number of names including a repipe job, re-piping, re-plumbing, piping replacement, re-pipe or new piping.
There are several reasons to re-pipe a home or business. The most common reason is because the previous pipe system failed. Older iron or galvanized steel systems either burst, rusted and contaminated the water supply or couldn't handle the needs of the user.
What is PEX Pipe?
PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) pipe is one of the newest options in re-piping. It is a flexible tube, similar in appearance and texture to a garden hose, but with wholly different physical properties.
Why Use PEX for Re-piping?
It offers a flexible alternative to copper re-piping retrofits. This means it can be run around area that would normally require couplings in a copper system. This reduces the number of places a fitting leak could occur. PEX pipe is also resistant to extremes in temperature and chemical breakdown which means it won't break if it freezes and won't corrode from the inside out. There is also no worry about rust contamination with PEX. Heat bonding isn't needed to install the pipes. Instead, a simple hand tool can be used to crimp retaining rings over the couplings.
Are There Places PEX Can't Be Used?
PEX piping breaks down in the presence of UV(ultra-violet) rays so it can't be used in any area where it will be exposed to the sun. Light fixtures that radiate UV light (grow lamps, for instance) shouldn't be used in conjunction with PEX.
If you have any more questions about PEX re-piping, or if you're ready for a bid on a repipe in University Park Texas, give us a call any time. We'll be happy to help.