People often don’t pay much attention to plumbing until something goes wrong, so it’s easy to understand why a slow revolution in the world of interior plumbing has gone largely unnoticed. Since its introduction in the early 1990s, PEX piping has been transforming the plumbing installation process and has become the material of choice for both commercial and residential applications. Keep reading to learn more about PEX and why you should consider it for your next interior pipe installation or replacement project.
PEX is cross-linked polyethylene. What this means is that chains of polyethylene are chemically altered and bonded with each other to produce high-density polyethylene, which is then melted down and formed into a durable, flexible tube. There are three types of PEX piping available on the market: PEX-A, PEX-B, and PEX-C, which are used for different applications. PEX is a resilient material and generally comes with a warranty lifespan of 25-30 years.
One of the biggest advantages PEX pipes have over metal or plastic pipes is that PEX is flexible. This means it’s an ideal product for retro-fit and remodel projects since it’s able to easily handle corners, be fed through walls, and maneuvered around obstacles. Unlike rigid pipes, PEX also doesn’t require any sort of glue or bonding agent, but rather uses proprietary fittings, valves, manifolds, and connectors to create a watertight system. This type of installation can translate into higher quality work in unconventional applications and quicker turnarounds for contractors and owners alike.
PEX can be used for a variety of applications in the home, including water supply lines and radiant (or hydronic) heating systems. Depending on the type, PEX pipes can withstand water temperatures as hot as 200° F. Thanks to its flexibility, PEX is also able to better handle cold temperatures than many of its rigid counterparts. In the event water freezes in the pipe, PEX can expand, meaning it’s much less likely to burst than metal or plastic.
Some important things to be aware of are that PEX is not rated for use outdoors nor is it approved for continuous UV exposure. However, these limitations are generally not of major concern for most standard building projects, where pipes are hidden away in the walls or under floors.
If you need to upgrade your home’s interior plumbing or are building new construction, you should consider making the switch to PEX piping. Contact the experts as Best Plumbing to discuss your plumbing needs and we’ll help you find the best solution for your project. We have proudly served Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area for over 50 years! Call us today at (206) 633-1700.
Are you trying to determine what line of work to go into or thinking about changing jobs? If you are a people-person, mechanically minded, and like problem solving, the plumbing trade may be a good fit for you. Here are five reasons you should consider going into this field, either as your first career or as a new line of work.
Everyone knows that plumbers make good money. What does that mean? Most plumbers with a few years under their belt have the potential to earn over 6 figures annually. Plumbing doesn’t know seasons, plumbing doesn’t know the time of day. Plumbing work is always available 24/7 365 days a year. The trades provide the opportunity for a quality lifestyle and a well-funded retirement. Becoming a licensed plumber will allow you to earn a good salary in all economic climates.
Another reason to consider working in plumbing is demand. Many older plumbers are reaching retirement age and there is currently a shortage of replacements. Meanwhile, demand for skilled plumbers is on the rise in areas with booming development, such as the greater Seattle area. The trades offer the unique opportunity to “Earn while you learn” with apprenticeship programs and on the job training. Why spend $50,000 on college when you can earn that while learning a profession?
One of the benefits of working in the plumbing field is that there is a lot of project variety throughout the month. Your day may consist of residential jobs like installing a hot water heater and conducting a pipe inspection or you might work on a larger commercial job. Plumbing is a fast-paced field and the wide range of different tasks will help ensure that you won’t get bored doing repetitive work.
No matter the area, as long as there are buildings, there will be a need for a plumber. This means you have more location flexibility than most other professions, giving you the freedom to determine where to live and move if your needs change.
As a whole, plumbers are happy with their chosen career. It is an important and rewarding job that provides a good mixture of intellectual challenges and physical activity. As you work, you know that you are helping people. Moreover, your work will have a lasting impact on the surrounding community by helping keep water and sewers running safely.
As you can see, there are numerous reasons why you might want to consider pursuing a career in the plumbing trade. If you would like to learn more about becoming a plumber in the Seattle area, give Best Plumbing a call. We’re always on the lookout for new talent to join our team.
Do you dislike wasting water and time waiting for hot water to reach your sink? Is your current water heater more than 10 years old? If so, you might want to consider upgrading to a tankless water heater and re-circulation system for your home. Keep reading to learn more about these innovative systems and how they can save you time and money!
Tankless water heaters, also called water on-demand heaters, work by heating water directly at the source while it’s being used. This means you are not paying to heat the same water multiple times throughout the day. Tankless water heaters are more efficient and don’t have the energy standby losses associated with traditional water heater tanks. With the addition of a re-circulating system, you can have near-instant hot water since you don’t have to wait for cold water to cycle through your pipes. Tankless water heaters can be powered by natural gas, electricity, or propane.
Tankless systems are much smaller than tank-style heaters and can be mounted on the wall. There are even models designed for outdoor installation. This can free up valuable storage space in your home and makes access for maintenance a lot easier. Another benefit is that tankless water heaters have a longer life expectancy than conventional water tanks (generally around 20 years) because all of the parts are accessible for servicing or replacement. Even better, the risk of water damage resulting from tank leaks will be a thing of the past!
Based on the size of your home or your particular need, tankless water heaters are able to provide hot water at a rate of 2 to 11 gallons per minute. While this is usually more than enough for average households, for larger households, a single tankless heater might be hard-pressed to keep up with multiple, simultaneous uses (for example running the dishwasher, washing machine and 2 showers at the same time). This can be overcome by installing an additional tankless system in your home to handle simultaneous demands. In fact, ENERGY STAR® estimates that installing a tankless system that is tailored for your exact situation can help you achieve energy savings of 27%-50%!
If you’re interested in learning more about tankless water heaters, schedule an appointment with Best Plumbing. Our expert plumbers will design the perfect system that works with your plumbing configuration and lifestyle needs! We proudly serve greater King County.
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