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Why Flexible Pre-Insulated Pipes are Better Than Rigid Ones

by Dan Owens

Pre-insulated polyethylene (PEX) pipes exist as rigid or flexible piping systems. Some homeowners may not know which of these options would be better for underground piping systems on their properties. This article discusses some of the reasons why the flexible pre-insulated version may be a better choice for you.

Obstacle Avoidance

It is harder to install the rigid PEX pipes in an area where underground obstacles, such as other utility lines, exist. This is because the rigid nature of these pipes compels you to look for locations where the straight run of the pipes will not be obstructed by anything. Flexible pipes allow you to curve them around any obstacles that may be in their path. It is, therefore, less cumbersome to dig trenches for flexible, pre-insulated pipe.

Reduced Chance of Leaks

Flexible pre-insulated PEX pipes come in rolls that one simply uncoils during the installation project. Such pipes have fewer connections when compared to the rigid PEX pipes. This is because the rigid pipes come as shorter pipe sections that have to be joined as they are installed. Those joints provide points of weakness at which leaks can eventually develop. You can avoid this future problem by using flexible pre-insulated pipes for your project.

Lower Installation Costs

The flexible pre-insulated pipes also require less labour during the installation process. This is largely a result of the fewer connections that have to be made as the pipes are laid. Rigid pipes require extra labour to join the pipe sections as another team of workers lays the pipes in the trenches. The lower labour cost incurred during the installation of the flexible pipes means that you can save some money for other needs, such as paying a landscaper to restore the plants that were destroyed as trenches were made before the pipes were installed.

Better Fluid Flow

Flexible pre-insulated pipes provide an easier way for fluids to flow when compared to rigid piping systems. This is because the flexible pipes can curve smoothly when you would like the pipes to move around a corner. The joints at the points where rigid pipes reach a corner can create some resistance to the flow of fluids since the change in direction is often abrupt. More pressure may, therefore, be required to push fluids through rigid pipes than the pressure needed to move the same fluids through flexible pipes where changes in the straight orientation of the pipes exist.

Flexible, pre-insulated PEX pipes can also be bonded or slip systems. Each of these two has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Talk to a pipe professional so that he or she can explain these systems. You will then make an informed decision about the most suitable type of flexible pre-insulated pipes for your project.