Whenever you are working with PEX plumbing system, it is important that you are able to understand all of the different options that are available to you. Not only should you know what the options are, you should also understand what each one means.
This is the best way for you to be able to find the best system option for you. Below is a list of some of the most popular options and what their benefits are. You will then be able to know what you can expect out of each of them without having to worry about whether or not they will work for you.
Traditional Trunk and Branch Method
Whenever you are working with the traditional trunk and branch method, you will be using the Zurn PEX. This will provide to you a conversion that has a simple design. It will convert from a rigid type of piping to the Zurn PEX systems that are more flexible. You will also have the ability to eliminate or reduce any of the fittings. Fittings such as couplings will not be needed thanks to the Zurn PEX long coil that is available to you with this option. The need for fittings such as elbows will also be eliminated or at least reduced because of the flexibility of the Zurn PEX. Hot water will be provided much quicker with the simultaneous fixture operation that comes along with this. Very little tubing is required and one fixture can be supplied at a much higher pressure.
With the central manifold or “Homerun method” also uses Zurn PEX. You will be able to use piping that is smaller in diameter. It allows for easier runs whenever the tubing is 3/8-inch and ½-inch in diameter. It also provides a much faster installation time whenever the piping is smaller. The need for all of the fittings that go between the fixture and the manifold will be eliminated. Shut offs at the manifold that are centrally located individually will also be provided. Both hot and cold water will be provided quickly to the fixture. You will also be provided with a more stable pressure that will go along with each of the fixtures whenever you are operating them simultaneously. Water will be saved and there are no concealed joints. Very few fittings will be required whenever you are putting all of this together to allow for an easy installation and for easier repairs down the road.
Remote Manifold Method
Whenever you are working with the remote manifold method while using the Zurn PEX, you will be able to have a simple design. The conversion from the rigid systems going into the Zurn PEX systems is easy and fast. You will also have the ability to keep the number of fittings installed down to a small number. The hot water that is provided will be fast and will deliver during operations that are sequential. The ability to have a centrally located valve for the shut off manifold is also available.