Return to the Building a Home Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
PEX tubing vs. copper for drinking water

Posted by gfmmjm (My Page) on
Sat, May 26, 12 at 16:36

Our architect is highly recommending that the builder of our new home uses copper piping to the sites (like kitchen, bathroom faucets) from which water will be routinely drunk - the concern is potential chemicals leached from PEX piping. Copper is much more expensive to install than PEX. A realtor acquaintance said that he had not seen people concerned with all PEX piping in a potential purchase. What is the collective wisdom of using all PEX (cost effective) vs. selective copper tubing?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: PEX tubing vs. copper for drinking water

On our remodel I told our builder I wanted copper on all drinking water sources. I rationalized that I spend enough time in places where I can't drink the water and I wasn't doing that in my own house.

We are using PEX for the baseboard heat, PVC for waste lines, and copper for all supply. I know that PEX has its benefits but it hasn't been around long enough that I'm drinking from it (even though I drank from a green garden hose as a kid, I know it's somewhat irrational but it's my money).

I don't think your choice will affect resale UNLESS someone finds out that it does leach chemicals and then it will be like Chinese drywall and lead paint - a big deal for some people but not all.


 o
RE: PEX tubing vs. copper for drinking water

we went with PEX because our well water will not work with copper piping, unfortunately. i hope chemicals don't leach from PEX piping!


 o
RE: PEX tubing vs. copper for drinking water

PEX was invented in the 1950s and has been used extensively and very successfully since the 1970s....in Europe! I think the big question over its use for potable water here arises from the effects of the high chlorine content in our water. In most of Europe's potable water chlorine is almost non existent. Perhaps the amount of chlorine we are drinking should be our larger concern!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Building a Home Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here