Many of our customer’s areas have seen plenty of rebuilding or development in the last five to ten years. Violet has been one of the areas that has seen many new construction projects and home restorations. With these projects on an uprising, many questions arise in regards to materials to use. One particular matchup that we often hear about is whether to use copper piping or PEX line. We are all probably familiar with copper piping. It has been used for a long time in many plumbing projects and homes. PEX , or cross linked polyethylene, is a somewhat newer material that has been used in a variety of applications and seems to have quite a few benefits over its copper adversary. Copper, as tried and true as it is, has gained much popularity with not only the plumbing community, but also the thieving community. Thieves have been breaking into homes that are being built just to steal the copper. This is due to the increase in price of copper. The value of the copper has led to thieves taking it from wherever they can get and selling it to scrap yards for its rising cost. The rise in price makes it also difficult on the budget home builder as well. If you can accomplish the same basic goals with a product of equal value, you would definitely want to choose the more affordable material. PEX has become a more affordable choice for builders and remodelers in many of their projects. PEX not only has an advantage over copper in pricing, but it also has some advantages in use as well. Copper has a tendency to be susceptible to damage from freezing whereas PEX has a higher tolerance to low temperatures. PEX seems to be more tolerant to colder temperatures, but this does not mean it is resistant to freezing. We still recommend taking all of the safety precautions as you normally would with any pipes. One other thing that sets the two apart from each other is the way you join them together during construction. PEX line has easily compressible fittings, while copper requires you to use heat to join the fittings. Our friends in Violet have trusted us with the installation of either type of material in their home for many years now and we will continue to gladly accept the jobs. We know exactly what is required with all of the materials available in the plumbing industry. Whether you have copper, galvanized, PEX or PVC pipes in your home, our technicians are qualified to handle any situation they are presented with during your project. Violet customers can call us at any time to request a free in home estimate of their plumbing system. We will be glad to explain in detail what your project requires and all of the necessary steps so that there are no surprises to you as the home owner and customer. We have many repair and detection methods at our disposal, so we will determine the best method to use for your application. By choosing Harold’s Plumbing to work on your Violet, LA home, you will be choosing a family business dedicated to high quality work and customer satisfaction.