Pipe We Install
At Zippy Zebra we only work with what is proven to work. All of the Zippy Zebra re-pipes are done in copper or PEX. The Zippy Zebra recommendation is to go with PEX when ever possible. This reduces the number of joints you will have in your new lines and therefore reducing the number of future potential problems you could have.
WATER PURITY – “aggressive” water can affect metal plumbing systems and cause elements such as lead, copper, and cadmium to dissolve into the water supply. Another way to minimize such impurities in your water is to specify a PEX plumbing system. FlowGuard Gold chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipe fittings are not a source of heavy metal impurities, and conforms to the stringent safety requirements of ANSI/NSF Standard 61 (Drinking Water Components, Health Effects) regardless of the pH of the water (pH is a common measurement of one of the characteristics of drinking water).
CORROSION RESISTANCE – PEX piping is highly resistant to corrosion. Metal piping can become corroded and leak when local water is “aggressive” due to the presence of high levels of oxygen, low pH, or other potentially corrosive elements. Highly aggressive water, while safe to drink, can cause copper to corrode or “pinhole” and cause leaks in only a few years.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY – All hot-water pipes radiate some heat into the building. This not only wastes energy, but also causes the water in the pipe to drop in temperature and deliver cooler hot water to your faucets. However, PEX conducts heat far less than metal piping. As a result, PEX piping helps keep the hot water from cooling and provides more hot water for the user. Conversely, the low “heat” transfer of PEX piping also helps keep your cold water from warming up.
REDUCED CONDENSATION – Obviously, water dripping from pipes is not desirable because water damage to your home or furnishings could occur. PEX exhibits low “heat” transfer. As a result, the outer surface of a PEX pipe carrying cold water does not become as cool as a metal pipe and the potential for moisture condensation (and dripping) is significantly reduced when using Aquapex pipe and fittings.
QUIET OPERATION – A PEX plumbing system is four times quieter than metal piping, per a recent NSF international study; metal tends to be prone to “water hammer” which can resonate noise throughout the building.
SCALE BUILD-UP – Unlike metal plumbing, PEX is not susceptible to corrosion. No scale build-up means no water pressure loss and reduced maintenance.