Whether you need water-supply lines in a new structure or need to retrofit the lines in an older building, cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) lines can improve your facility’s operation and its plumbing system. Here are four reasons to use PEX piping for new or replacement plumbing in your commercial facility.
1. PEX Can Reduce Hot Water Expenses
PEX pipes are made of plastic, which offers better insulation of hot water than metal pipes. However, the real genius of a PEX piping system is the plumber’s ability to create manifold connections with the material.
Manifold or parallel systems are like control centers for your water supply system. A series of pipes feed into one central connection. Each line includes a shutoff valve at the manifold connection so you have complete control of the lines in the system.
PEX lines run directly from supply to the manifold. Pressure drops are not a problem with the parallel lines attached to the manifold, so you can use multiple fixtures at the same time. Your hot water comes quickly and efficiently due to its higher velocity in the parallel lines.
Less heated water flows down the drain with a PEX system. Workers do not need to let water run from the tap to reach the desired hot water temperatures for their tasks. Heat does not dissipate as quickly from direct runs of hot water as it does from more complicated pipe arrangements with elbows and bends.
2. PEX Is Durable and Safe
PEX is a safe choice for drinking water. The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certifies that no toxins or heavy metals are in the material.
The material does not corrode, so your water does not leach rust and other unsafe particulates. Corrosion-free pipes do not pit, develop pinholes, or blow out under pressure. The interior surface of a PEX pipe is smooth, so scaling or mineral buildup lessen when the pipes are used with hard water supplies.
PEX pipes are also resistant to chlorine damage, so they work with chlorinated water supplies. Abrasion and notching of PEX lines are less likely due to the material’s flexibility.
3. PEX Requires Fewer Connections and Fittings
PEX plumbing systems require fewer connections and fittings. PEX line is on spools so the lines can roll out in long stretches. Fewer fittings mean fewer chances for leaks and flooding from fitting disconnections.
You do not need glue and solder to install PEX tubing. If pipes in a confined or hard-to-reach area need replumbing, you do not have to worry about strong adhesive fumes in the workspace or providing support for soldering operations. Its ease of installation makes PEX an ideal retrofit choice for older structures.
Plumbers can install PEX lines in less time than they can install pipes that need cut to fit around corners. Your plumbing labor costs are lower because your new PEX pipes do not have priming or gluing.
4. PEX Expands and Contracts With Temperatures
Pipes made of PVC and CPVC can split if they freeze and expand. When the water supply to a split plumbing line thaws, you have a serious flooding issue on your hands.
Your facility maintenance crews will have fewer frozen pipe and flooding issues when you install PEX water supply piping. PEX lines expand and contract with temperature changes.
Integrate PEX lines with existing piping to protect unheated areas or areas where pipes have burst. Your plumber can install PEX pipes in stages to reduce disruption in your facility.
Schedule your commercial PEX plumbing system installation in Phoenix by contacting Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter Valleywide today. We specialize in water line replacement with cross-linked polyethylene products.