PEX cross-linked Polyethylene is the latest in plumbing pipe technology!
When we get hired to perform a plumbing replacement service, we install PEX pipe. This is the new technology of pipe material that has replaced PVC and Copper. What is this kind of pipe you ask? Here is a quick post on piping which is cross-linked polyethylene. The definition per Wikipedia:
Cross-linked polyethylene, commonly abbreviated PEX or XLPE, is a form of polyethylene with cross-links. It is formed into tubing, and is used predominantly in building services pipework systems, hydronic radiant heating systems, domestic water piping, and insulation for high tension (high voltage) electrical cables.
PEX Applied to Plumbing
PEX piping is often used while replacing copper in both commercial and residential plumbing applications. It has been estimated that the residential use for routing drinking water to home faucets has increased by 40% annually. Additionally, there is substantial evidence that P-E-X is, or will soon become, the dominant technology for carrying water throughout businesses and homes within 10 years.
Before P-E-X pipes came onto the plumbing scene, plumbing pipes were mass produced and constructed from galvanized steel water pipes. Over time users reported problems of an internal build-up of rust which was clogging pipes and reducing water pressure and volume. Then in the 1960’s copper pipes replaced these steel pipes. The very popular PVC pipes came into play next. These were plastic pipes with many elbows, and other plastic fittings which used glue to stay adhered together at each joint.
Over time PEX piping has become more common for more indoor plumbing uses, such as delivering pressurized water to fixtures throughout homes. More and more often copper, steel, and PVC pipes are being replaced with PEX.
Do you need plumbing replacement? Give our professional San Antonio plumbers a call today and we can replace your old pipes with the latest in pipe technology.
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