Most homes in Anaheim, Irvine, Fullerton, Garden Grove, and throughout Orange County, CA were built using copper piping. Copper is certainly a very durable material and a major improvement over galvanized iron—the material of choice for homes built prior to 1970. But there is an ever better choice than copper piping that’s available today—PEX piping. Here at Barker & Sons Plumbing, we’ve completed numerous PEX piping installations in Orange County over the past 28 years.
What is PEX Piping?
Developed for use in Europe during the 1970s, PEX pipes were first introduced to the United States in the 1980s. PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene, meaning the tubing is resistant to the harmful impact of hot and cold temperatures. The cross-linking occurs through a chemical reaction between the polyethylene within the piping. PEX pipes are used a lot in building services pipework systems, hydronic radiant heating systems, domestic water piping, and insulation for high voltage electric cables. PEX piping is even used for natural gas and offshore oil applications.
Benefits of PEX Piping
The popularity of PEX pipes has surged in Orange County since the California Building Standards Commission approved their use in 2010. We’re not all that surprised. Some of the benefits of PEX piping include:
- Flexibility: Since polymer of very high density is used to create PEX piping, PEX pipes are very flexible. As a result, PEX piping works well in hard-to-access areas, leaving fewer areas for leaks—this saves you money.
- Easy Installation: For repiping projects, PEX piping is significantly easier to install than copper piping.
- High Durability: PEX pipes are resistant to scale and chlorine and will not corrode. They are one of the most durable types of piping.
- Lack of Noise: In comparison to other repiping options, PEX piping is quieter.
- Affordable: PEX piping is less expensive than copper piping. Also, PEX pipes can be hooked up to existing copper pipes—saving you money from a complete pipe installation.
- Energy & Money Conservation: PEX piping doesn’t transfer heat as readily—this conserves energy and saves you money.
- Improved Drinking Water: Since PEX pipes resist mineral deposit buildup, they allow for high-quality drinking water.
Choose Barker & Sons Plumbing for PEX Piping Installation
The repiping experts here at Barker & Sons Plumbing can install PEX piping for your Orange County home so you can move on to more important things—like taking a hot shower! Not only can PEX pipes improve the quality of your drinking water, they can help you save money on your water bill.
Contact us today to learn more about PEX piping or to schedule an installation.