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The Advantages of
- PEX is one of the
most versatile, easy to use plumbing systems available.
- It is suitable
for use with hot or cold water.
- It can be used
with steel, copper, PVC and CPVC plumbing pipe.
- PEX is the most
flexible plumbing pipe available.
- PEX requires fewer
fittings, therefore has less opportunities to leak and installs faster.
- The flexibility
also allows it to expand and contract more than other types of pipe,
making it burst resistant.
- PEX systems have
a shutoff valve at each supply line. This allows easier repairs to be
made to an operational system.
PEX is cross-linked polyethylene.
Reeves Journal, May 1996, page 23, James Hinte, technical engineer for Vanguard
plastics (a major, quality-oriented, PEX piping manufacturer) wrote:
is a delicate operation-either too much or too little of it can compromise the
quality of the finished product....." Because of the variety of materials
used in the PEX manufacturing processes, long term performance is not guaranteed
in each case. Users should be careful to consider only pipes which have been
tested and shown to meet the requirements of hot water pressure applications."
was developed in the 1960s. PEX tubing has been in use in many European countries
for plumbing, radiant heating and snow melt applications since that time. PEX
was introduced in the United States in the 1980s, and has seen significant growth
in market demand and production.
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