Some Homeowners Prefer The Ease Of Being Able To Turn Off Each Segment Of Piping When Using Pex Pipes And Dont Mind The Extra Tools Required.

For example, a home that requires two days of labor to re-plumb may only require one day with PEX. Some homeowners prefer the ease of being able to turn off each segment of piping when using PEX pipes and dont mind the extra tools required. Since PEX has only been widely used in the U.S. for about a decade, it doesnt have enough of a track record to indicate how long it will last. Copper Copper pipe has been used since the early 1960s and is very reliable but also very expensive, sometimes costing 15 times more than PEX. Copper pipes are highly resistant to corrosion and they tolerate heat. Since the connections are soldered, leaks are rare. In older homes, however, copper plumbing may contain lead-based solder. On the downside, copper can freeze and break in extremely cold temperatures. Durability and flexibility are important features of copper pipe.

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