Have you been putting off getting your home re-piped because the level of work that is involved with a typical re-piping job? Maybe the cost of the job is what has you pushing the work off for another year. PEX plumbing could be the solution to your plumbing problems. Here, you will find the answers to a few of the most common questions homeowners ask about PEX plumbing.
What is PEX plumbing?
PEX plumbing is flexible, plastic piping that can be installed using fewer plumbing parts. Instead of having to buy and solder multiple shoulders to complete a re-piping job, the PEX pipe flexes through tight space and can be bent to fit into the smallest of areas.
What are the benefits of using PEX piping for a re-piping job?
Well, one benefit that every homeowner enjoys is the reduced cost of PEX piping for re-piping jobs. When a plumber provides you with an estimate for re-piping your home, he or she will give you a materials cost and a labor cost. With PEX piping, you will save money on both! This is because there is less work involved when it comes to installing PEX piping when compared to traditional piping and it takes fewer man hours to install it.
Another benefit of PEX piping is the decrease chance of leaks in your plumbing. Since the PEX requires fewer fittings, there is much less of a chance of leaks occurring in the future.
Lastly, PEX piping can be connected to your existing piping. If one area of your home needs to be re-piped but the other piping is in good condition, you will not have to pay to have the failing piping removed and replaced.
How much does PEX piping cost?
The exact cost of having your home re-piped using traditional piping averages between $7,500 and $15,000. To re-pipe your home using PEX piping, you are looking at a total cost of between $5,000 and $7,000. Of course, the actual cost for your re-piping project will be determined by the amount of piping that is used and how labor intensive the job is.
Are there disadvantages to using PEX piping?
There are two disadvantages for homeowners to be aware of:
- PEX piping is made for indoor use only. If exposed to UV rays, the piping can begin to break down and eventually fail.
- PEX piping should not be used to carry water in excess of 180 degrees.
If you are putting off a re-piping job, contact your local plumber to discuss the option of using PEX piping to reduce costs and make for an easier job.