Cross-linked polyethylene water supply system is known as PEX. It has many advantages over other standard metal pipes which are usually made from iron, lead or rigid plastic pipe systems with CPVC, PVC or ABS. Installation of PEX is much faster than metallic pipes. It also need less connections and fittings as it is flexible. It can resist chlorine and it doesn’t corrode or develop pinhole leaks. PEX repiping services are holding their ground firmly.
PEX has several advantages over other pipes, some of them are lower handling and shipping costs due to less weight, PEX tube is manufactured by extrusion process and it is stored and shipped on spools. Rigid pipes require a lot of fittings, like T-shaped fittings, elbow fittings etc. whereas PEX is flexible and can be turned to 90 degrees without any couplings or additional fittings. As they are non-metallic, soldering or welding is not required in their case. This eliminates the risk factor involved in such processes.
Copper or rigid pipes are more prone to freeze breakage, they also assist in heat transfer but PEX is exactly opposite of that. PEX is resistant to freeze breakage and doesn’t transfer heat as much as other materials do. You might also have heard water hammering sound in pipes. It doesn’t happen with PEX. It is less pensive than metallic pipes. Due to so many advantages Ameri-Cal Repipe and Plumbing receives few complaints regarding of PEX tubes.