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mackey
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join:2007-08-20
kudos:14
reply to CylonRed

Re: [Plumbing] Anyone know of any issues with PEX?

Are you sure it's PEX and not polybutylene? PEX is either white or hot is red and cold is blue. Poly is grey, black, or blue. Poly was big in Arizona up until 1996 and has a HUGE breaking problem. Basically it all needs to be replaced; it WILL all fail it's just a question of when. I'm not aware of any issues with PEX.

/M


CylonRed
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join:2000-07-06
Bloom County
House was built well after '96. It is probably red though dad said orange.

Can't imagine that pressure ia ovrr 150 psi. From what has been said it is the pex itself breaking and not the fittings.
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Brian

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nss_tech

join:2007-07-29
Edmonton AB
@CylonRed: Is the PEX line you have the aluminum lined ones? Those would have been more common in the late 90's. It's well known in Canada and the red/orange/blue ones were likely to be the ones with the issue. The problem with the aluminum lined ones are the fittings oxidized and the zinc would build up in the pipe restricting water flow until they finally popped.

I'm only familiar with the brands IPEX and Kitec here in Canada. The website below lists more brand names they were sold under.

Class action suit (USA & International) > »www.kitecsettlement.com/index.cf ··· ndex.cfm