Is PEX Piping Environmentally Friendly?
The amount of damage that can be done to your floors, walls, and foundations by a busted pipe can be a lot. The time and money it will take to have your foundation fixed doesn’t have to be a big task. Luckily for you, Allied Foundation can help replace the busted or broken pipe for a reasonable price. For cost-effective and safe building materials, plastic piping such as PEX should be part of your next material used for piping your home.
What is PEX piping?
PEX piping, another term for crosslinked polyethylene is a durable and flexible type of plastic material. This type of piping is great for hot and cold environments as it is flexible and can adapt to extreme temperatures as hot as 200 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s ideal to use PEX for sprinkler systems, radiant floor heating, and heat transfer systems. PEX piping requires fewer joints compared to others, so it will not cost as much. Over the years most people prefer PEX piping over other materials such as copper, iron, and lead because of the benefits.
Environmental Advantages of PEX
PEX piping helps save energy because it doesn’t readily transfer heat as copper does. The materials used to create PEX have a low thermal conductivity, which helps maintain the temperature of hot water for a longer period of time. This also means that PEX piping has more resistance to condensation on cold water lines. Since PE piping is made out of plastic, it can last up to 100 years, which is great for long-term uses. PEX piping does not disintegrate by water and soil like other materials do. Although copper may be durable and ideal to use, it still needs to be replaced every few years and this can end up costing you more money over time.
Plastic piping is not subject to corrosion, so it can safely deliver and remove water, waste, or most chemicals without contamination. Plastic piping is the ideal choice for water treatment and many other factors. PEX is also easy to install because it is lightweight and meets building code requirements nationwide.
Process of Manufacturing PEX
PEX pipes are made through extrusion, a process where the material is pushed through a die to form a shaped rod or pipe. To begin, cross-linked polyethylene is melted and pushed through the tube. It is then stored and shipped on spools to save money on shipping. Since PEX is a lightweight plastic material, it has a low impact on the environment, making it eco-friendly. This is because the amount of work and resources needed to produce this material has decreased tremendously.
According to research done by PPFA (Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association) and TEPPFA (The European Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association), the process of extrusion in making PEX pipes is clean and has minimal to zero effect on the environment. The process goes through uses low-temperature extrusion, which uses minimal energy.
If you want to get the most out of the material and not worry about it busting, it is best to go with PEX piping. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it is also flexible, affordable, and has the longest life span at this time. Contact us for an estimate to replace your old pipes with PEX water lines.