Switching Some Pipes Over To PEX? Here Is What To Know About Doing It

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Do you have plumbing fixtures in your home that you are looking to upgrade, such as a shower, bathtub, sink, or toilet? You may use this opportunity to upgrade the lines that are running to the fixture from copper to PEX. PEX plumbing offers many benefits over other types of pipe material, and the good news is that you do not have to upgrade your entire home in order to do it. Here is what you need to know about selectively switching some pipes in your home to PEX while the remaining material stays in place.

What Are The Benefits Of Switching To PEX?

You may be wondering why you would want to selectively switch some water lines over to PEX, especially if your entire home has copper plumbing. Using PEX will certainly make the process of switching water lines much easier because PEX is a flexible pipe that does not require multiple joints and fittings every time the pipe needs to change directions. You can easily fish a new PEX pipe through tight spaces to get the pipe where it needs to go.

PEX is also much better in some situations, such as pipes that run along exterior walls. The pipe is not going to burst if the water inside freezes, which means you'll not have to worry about what happens when temperatures outside get very cold. 

How Do You Switch Plumbing To PEX?

The process of switching a water line from copper to PEX is quite simple. You'll need to start by shutting off the water going to your entire home or shutting off a valve to prevent water from flowing to a specific area where you'll be doing work. Then, open the hot and cold water lines to drain all of the water.

The copper pipe can be cut using a copper cutting tool, followed by deburring the inside of the copper pipe so that you do not have any portions of the cut pipe restricting water flow. A special PEX adapter will need to be installed on the copper pipe so that it can transition to PEX. The supply line can then be placed on the adapter, and then you'll run that new PEX water line to your fixture.

Want professional help getting this job done? Reach out to a plumber in your area for their assistance with water line installation. They'll know exactly how to make the switch so it is done properly.

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