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Using Flexible Pipe in Home Plumbing

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Every home plumbing system consists of a series of pipes and water main fittings that connect the pipes. Fittings are designed to connect straight, rigid pipes and to permit them to turn corners, branch off into different directions or enlarge or reduce the diameter of the pipes. Flexible pipes designed for home plumbing offer a number of advantages.

Cross-linked polyethylene pipe, is a form of flexible pipe also known as PEX. In the acronym PEX, the ‘PE’ refers to the polyethylene from which the pipe is made and the ‘X’ denotes the material’s cross-linking via molecular chains. This cross-linking makes the pipe very durable regardless of the temperature, water pressure or chemicals passing through the pipe. Flexible pipe is a good choice if you are building a new home or replacing existing pipe work in an older home.

The Many Advantages of Flexible Pipe

• Flexible pipe can be used for hot or cold water inlets or outlets.

• Flexible pipe can be connected to copper, steel and PVC pipes with specially designed adapters.

• Flexible plumbing pipe can be bent around corners and over obstacles without you having to use fittings or couplings.

• Because flexible pipe has fewer joints and fittings the risk of leaks are significantly reduced. This also makes it much easier to install.

• Because the pipe is flexible it can contract and expand more readily than copper, steel or PVC pipes, which means it is more resistant to bursts during extreme temperature changes.

• Flexible pipe is less expensive than copper, steel or PVC pipe.

• Flexible pipe is not prone to corrosion as metal pipe is.

• Flexible pipe is mildew resistant.

• This type of pipe can be cut evenly and smoothly without the necessity for special tools.

• Flexible pipe can be connected by crimping, which saves you the trouble of using lots of connectors or a hot torch (in the case of copper pipes).

• You don’t need a wrench and lots of strength to install or uninstall flexible pipe connectors.

• Flexible pipe has a low weight and is easy to handle.

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