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If you're thinking about installing or replacing your plumbing, you're probably overwhelmed with options. Even if you're doing a smaller job, it can quickly get out of hand while you're standing at the hardware store trying to determine the right materials, sizes, and shapes. PEX plumbing is probably something you've heard, but if you're like many people, you don't know much about it. There are pros and cons to every decision you make, but it's important to understand the cons of PEX installs so you can make an informed decision. What is PEX install?
PEX tubing is cross-linked polyethylene, a type of plastic. PEX pipes or tubes are used for water supply lines as well as underfloor heating. There has been a lot of discussion about PEX in the past few years, as PEX has some downsides that you might not expect. Here are some of the PEX piping issues to be aware of before making a decision: Cons of PEX piping PEX can leach BPA and other toxic chemicals. There are 3 types of PEX (A, B and C), but type B is the only one that doesn't seem to have the leaching problem.
Research on this topic is still incomplete, but if you want to use PEX, you should go for Type B. PEX is extremely sensitive to ultraviolet light. UV light doesn't just mean sunlight, the lightbulbs in your house are also UV lights. Most manufacturers recommend limited sun exposure to be considered during the installation process and others recommend total darkness. PEX can be damaged by chemicals and pests.
Some pest control companies oppose installing PEX because it is so vulnerable to pest damage. Because PEX is made of plastic, it is more delicate than copper and other metal pipes. Mice can chew through the tube and cause big problems. Note, however, that this is more of a rodent problem than PEX. PEX cannot be installed in high heat areas.
You cannot install PEX in high heat areas, e.g. B. near built-in lights. This also means that you cannot connect PEX directly to a water heater, but you can use a connecting material to do so. PEX is semi-permeable, which means that liquid can penetrate the hose. In terms of safety, PEX is not antibacterial. This is one of the reasons why people don't prefer PEX to PEX vs.
Copper decision. The plastic material also allows water to enter the tubing, which can cause contamination. For some of these reasons, there has been some discussion about removing PEX tubing, but nothing has come of it.