Cross-linked polyethylene, also known as PEX piping, is used to service pipework around the world and it is lauded for its light weight, and insulator properties. The technology has been around since the 1930’s, and was first discovered by irradiating an extruded tube with an electron beam. However, it did not gain widespread use until the 70’s, when it became inexpensive to produce. Now, in the 21st century, it is the second most used piping material right behind copper tubing. It is also very easy to work with, and below is a basic guideline for replacing your PEX piping.
Pipe Replacement 101
First off, make sure that you are working with PEX piping. It is easy to identify by the PEX label on the side. Next you must secure a pipe cutter, a PEX clamp tool, and a tape measure. Also, makes sure that the replacement PEX tubing is the correct size.
Now before you win your golden hammer, shut off the mains, and release the water pressure of the pipe you’re working on by running the faucet. Next, cut the old PEX piping below the area that is leaking. Now, take out that measuring tape and determine the length of the replacement piping. You might want to use a sharpie to make your mark, and make sure you cut the pipe the right length. After this, attach the fittings. You are now basically home free. Position the new pipe into the fitting and enjoy free flowing, efficient plumbing.
Now, if you turn your basement into the boiler room of the titanic while making your home repair, it is best you consult a professional. Make sure you avoid the amateurs. At Parker and Sons we require all our technicians to pass rigorous test and secure complex certifications.