Best and Worst Plumbing Conditions for Pex Tubing
PEX tubing is a type of tubing that can withstand the adverse affects of extreme heat and cold unlike most other types of tubing. You will find that even though this type of tubing is very durable and strong, there are still a few things that you should keep in mind to make sure that you are able to keep it going strong for years to come. PEX tubing has a few different things that can shorten the lifespan of it greatly. Make sure that you know what these are.
You should keep in mind that PEX tubing should only be used for water conditions. It can be used in private as well as businesses. Using it for anything besides water conditions will do a lot of damage to this particular type of tubing and will cause it to not work very well for very long. Not only does this tubing have a temperature resistance, it also has a chemical resistance. You will need to make sure that you are completely aware of what will be passing through this tubing.
Your tubing should only be used for indoors. If this tubing comes into contact with any direct sunlight, then it could damage the pipes badly. While it can withstand a lot of heat, direct light is something that cannot be tolerated. Make sure that it is underground and indoors no matter what. Even if the tubes are outdoors in a spot that is shady, it should still never be out in the light of day. This will take years off of your tubing very quickly.
Something that is a big problem with PEX tubing is the fact that it seems to attract rodents. They will chew on the tubing and this will in turn cause you to have to frequently replace it. You will find that there is not a lot of things that you can do try to keep this from happening. They may be attracted to the color of the tubing or enjoy the taste of the plastic. They could also be able to hear the sound of the water running and it will attract them to the sound so that they can try to get a drink. Whatever the reason is, you will find that this is something that you are going to have to keep an eye out for.
There are bacteria forming biofilms that may come into play if you happen to have a non chlorinated water system. This is something that happens whenever the tubes are not used very often. Whenever the water is left to sit in the pipe for ve