replacing copper pipes with pex

Replacing Copper Pipes With PEX: An Easy Plumbing Upgrade

For many years copper has had a name in the plumbing field due to its amazing specifications of heat resistance and high-pressure resistance but the problem with the use of copper is:  It is more expensive than other materials. The other material that we are taking the space of copper is PEX. It is a step towards advancement and progress in the field of plumbing.

 PEX is a cross-link polyethene end pipe with crosslinks. The polyethylene used in these pipes is of high density having crosslinks bonds. There are two types of polyethene: the first is cross-linked polyethylene and the second one is non crosslinked polyethylene. Cross-linked polyethene has specifications of thermal and mechanical properties. So replacing copper pipes with pex is best.

Hard Water Creates Problem in Copper Pipes

Hard water contains calcium and magnesium and it has an acidic effect on copper pipes and causes a leak. The solution to this problem is replacing copper pipes with pex but the question arises how to replace copper pipes with pex, here is a complete procedure that helps you to replace copper pipes with pex. For replacement, you don’t need to call a plumber and spend extra money on a task that you can easily do yourself. Here are a few directions that can guide you on how to replace the copper pipe with pex. Just follow it and make the plumber of your own house.

Tools

The basic tools you required for replacing copper pipes with pex are following

  • Few fittings
  • Pipe cutter
  • PEX crimping tools
  • Measuring Tape
  • Marker
  • Drill Driver

Materials

The important materials required are 

  • Copper pipe straps
  • PEX tubing
  • Push-fit straight joining
  • Push-fit 

Procedure

Here is the Procedure:

1- Turn off water supply

Before replacing copper pipes with pex, turn off the water supply and remove water from the pipes. Open the valve that is at the basement or first floor of your home to drain the pipes. It will help avoid any disturbance during replacement and you can do your work without any disruptions.

2- Cut the corroded area of copper pipe

Mark the pipe that contains a corroded area in it. Use a tubing cutter and cut both ends of the pipe.

3- Fit the PEX to copper tube

Cut the PEX tube that is long enough as compared to the cutting area with the help of the PEX tubing cutter. Clean the ends of the PEX tube and fit it with the help of a push-fit connector. You can also use a push-fit valve instead of a straight connector. It’s your choice.

4- The electrical system should be grounded

When you are replacing copper pipes there is no need for the ground but if you are replacing metal pipes then you must keep in your mind to check whether the electrical system is grounded, if not then firstly do it.

Here is a complete guide to replacing copper pipes with pex. For further details feel free to contact us. We will be glad to help you.

clogged kitchen sink

Clogged Kitchen Sink | How to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink Drain

The kitchen is every woman’s part of life. And to wash dishes and other utensils is one of the tasks that we all are doing. If you are washing dishes and suddenly you notice the water is not draining then what will happen. You faced the situation of a clogged kitchen sink! And this is not the situation you are just facing, many of us face this situation, but what is the solution? Calling a plumber is a solution. It is but avoids doing this gives you a jerk of extra cost. Some of your time only fixes it. Here are 5 steps to a fresh drain. You can use any of it, the choice is yours. The method also depends on the nature of your clog.

Remove standing water:

Before doing steps to unclogging first deal with standing water. Try to remove all standing water with the help of a container. Then you can easily eliminate the waste. If there is waste at the garbage disposal then don’t put your hands near it. Sometimes you can remove the waste from your hand and sometimes it takes further actions.

Use boiling water:

Heat the water in a separate utensil. After removing the standing water, pour that boiled water into it and wait for five to six minutes. If the boiled water becomes standing water then clog remains. Cooldown the water and then remove it with the help of a jug.

Try another method

Garbage disposal:

Improper functioning of a garbage disposal can also be the cause of a clogged kitchen sink. Inspect garbage disposal; is it working properly? Is it heated? If it is heated then turn it off and do start after some time. Also do check whether anything hasn’t stuck in it. Use tongs or pliers to remove any material that has been stuck between the blades. A garbage disposal can also be switched off due to heat in this case you need to restart it.

Use baking soda and vinegar:

Before the implementation of this method try to remove any standing water from it. Pour a cup of vinegar and baking soda into the sink. Wait for 15 minutes, add hot water and see if the clog clears or is going to clear. Repeat this process so that water starts draining normally.

Clean the pipe:

Try to clean the P trap that is the pipe under the sink. How to clean it? Here are steps that help you to clean the P trap

  • Put a bucket for water that is in your sink
  • Remove the pipe and then try to remove waste from it.

There are many other methods to clear the clogged kitchen sink using a plunger, plumber’s snake and using a hanger. It’s up to you which method you want to use and which one is more effective to clear the clog. If you have any questions feel free to contact us. We will feel pleasure to help you.