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Ron,

FWIW, the home I'm leasing has all PEX plumbing. It seems to work OK.. though I'mskeptical as to what its condition will be in 30 years.

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FWIW, the home I'm leasing has all PEX plumbing. It seems to work OK.. though I'mskeptical as to what its condition will be in 30 years.
Hi Jim:

Thanks for the response. My home is just under 40 and the copper is so plugged with minerals it's popping holes in the pipe. I've got a conglomeration of copper, shark bite connectors, PEX and I'm pulling it all out and replacing it with a home run install. Don't have much choice. I figure in 40 more years, I'm not going to be around for someone to complain to in case it winds up in the same state. So, and awayyyyy we gooooo

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Expected service like of PEX is about 75 years. So I don't think you have anything to worry about.
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I have pex in my home and have for over 10 years. It is excellent so far, easy to extend or expand for additions or simply changing fixture location. The beauty of pex is that fewer fittings are needed(i.e. long runs). They did not have manifold systems out at the time mine was installed or I probably would have gone that route.
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Hi Charlie and Howard:

Thanks for the comments. I'm using BOW Superpex and _I think_ it is warrantied 25 years, although I can't find the info at the moment. Of course, the caveat in all of the manufacturer's spiel is that PEX is sensitive to sunlight. It's going to be interesting down the road.

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How much of your plumbing is exposed to sunlight?
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Hi Charlie and Howard:

Thanks for the comments. I'm using BOW Superpex and _I think_ it is warrantied 25 years, although I can't find the info at the moment. Of course, the caveat in all of the manufacturer's spiel is that PEX is sensitive to sunlight. It's going to be interesting down the road.
The pipe won't be your problem. It'll be the brass or copper fittings. They are still prone to corrosion. I still have polybutylene pipe in my house that is 30 years old. I had a fitting fail recently and am thinking about redoing my piping now. By the way, deposits won't stick to polybutyl and I suspect they won't to pex either.
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How much of your plumbing is exposed to sunlight?
Hi Charlie:

In all of the documentation I've seen on PEX, there are warnings about limiting exposure to sunlight either in storage or in use. In my case, I'm putting the Manabloc in line with a north-facing window to provide visibility in the event of a power failure.

Because of the warnings, I'm planning to put it behind a door, like the electrical panel.

However, thanks for asking the question. It allowed me to revisit my decision and refresh my reasons.

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The pipe won't be your problem. It'll be the brass or copper fittings. They are still prone to corrosion. I still have polybutylene pipe in my house that is 30 years old. I had a fitting fail recently and am thinking about redoing my piping now. By the way, deposits won't stick to polybutyl and I suspect they won't to pex either.
Hi Charles:

I haven't heard from you in a good bit. Thanks for the observations.

Your comments lead me to another question. Do I use brass fittings to attach to faucets/toilets etc. or plastic ones to prevent mineral build-up? I like the robustness of the brass but your comments add weight to the plastic fittings. Our village wells have hard water.

I've not been able to find plumbing service plastic, only radiant heat (I think.) Are plastic fittings to code for potable water in a home?

Thanks again. We'll talk soon.

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