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Pex and frozen pipes? (by Max45 [MS]) Jan 19, 2010 5:21 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by Marv [IL]) Jan 19, 2010 5:27 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by Anderson [IN]) Jan 19, 2010 6:27 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by Jean [OK]) Jan 19, 2010 6:51 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by gevans [SC]) Jan 19, 2010 6:54 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by Lee [IN]) Jan 19, 2010 8:04 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by gevans [SC]) Jan 19, 2010 9:11 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by Zee [NY]) Jan 6, 2012 7:31 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by gevans [SC]) Jan 6, 2012 7:50 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by gevans [SC]) Jan 6, 2012 7:52 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by Steve [MA]) Jan 6, 2012 1:18 PM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by zee [NY]) Jan 9, 2012 6:48 AM
       Pex and frozen pipes? (by Steve [MA]) Jan 9, 2012 9:16 AM


Pex and frozen pipes? (by Max45 [MS]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2010 5:21 AM
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Hey fellow LL! I was courious how pex worked during the recent cold spell. Does water still flow if the line is frozen? Did you have any breaks due to freezing? OVerall how did pex perform?

Thanks.

Max --64.12.xxx.xx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by Marv [IL]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2010 5:27 AM
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Frozen water will not flow. But the pipe will not burst and returns to original shape when thawed out. --173.15.xx.xxx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by Anderson [IN]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2010 6:27 AM
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Frozen water will not flow. But the pipe will not burst and returns to original shape when thawed out. --72.86.xxx.xxx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by Jean [OK]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2010 6:51 AM
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I had an occupied mobile home with Pex that the water froze in because the renter refused to let water run and leave cabinet doors open as I told her to. She turned the water off at the meter and opened the faucets. And truthfully, that's usually okay here, because we normally don't have bitter cold weather for three or four days and nights in a row. Anyway, water froze in the lines, but thawed out with no damage.

I wasn't so lucky with my main water line, though. I have two leaks in it that I'm waiting for the water company to repair.

People say they can never remember it being so cold here as it was then. I know it hasn't been for the last 16 years. --162.39.xxx.xx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2010 6:54 AM
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We've been using PEX for over 10 years. Several of the lines have frozen multiple times. Never a single leak. --141.129.x.xx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by Lee [IN]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2010 8:04 AM
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my PEX froze solid where copper used to split, I thawed it out with a heat gun on the third day, no leaks, performed awesome.... love the stuff --165.139.xxx.xxx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2010 9:11 AM
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I think it was RADAR who several years ago filled sections of PEX with water, crimp capped them, and froze/thawed them repeatedly. After 10 or 15 cycles, still in good shape. --141.129.x.xx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by Zee [NY]) Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 7:31 AM
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Well, contrary to what anybody said, my PEX pipe froze and burst yesterday. Now I have to repair it.

Does anybody know how to remove a "crimp" that was installed on a fitting?

IO would appreciate help. --76.15.xx.xx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 7:50 AM
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Lowes sells a crimp cutter. it's about $25, but worth it if you cut plenty of old fittings and use them again.

If this is the only time you will need it, cut the fitting out and replace the whole thing instead. --216.218.xx.xxx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 7:52 AM
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FYI,

PEX, just like PVC, degrades with exposure to sunlight (UV rays). If you have PEX where the sun can hit it, it needs to be covered. --216.218.xx.xxx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Jan 6, 2012 1:18 PM
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Zee, was it actually the pipe that burst or the fitting? --151.203.xxx.xxx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by zee [NY]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 6:48 AM
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It was very curious.

As I reported, I thought that I had PEX pipe frozen and bursted because water was dripping from the wood under the hiden PEX pipe.

I turn the water suply pump off and prepare to open the wass to repai the PEX pipe. But before started the work I decided to put the water supply pumpon to see where exactly the pipe bursted before I open the wall. And a miracle happened. No water was leaking. I let the pump on the whole day and still no water was dripping so evidently the PEX pipe did not burst. I still do not know here the water drip came from but I was saved a difficulet repair job of openinf the wall to repair what I thought was a burst PEX pipe.

Any idea what could have happened? --76.15.xx.xx




Pex and frozen pipes? (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Jan 9, 2012 9:16 AM
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Zee, I am not very familiar with the crimp system as we only use the Wisbro pex system which uses expanding pex instead of clamps to make connections.

My guess is your leak was caused when the water froze, expanded the pipe, distorted the pipe & allowed water to drip out. Once the all of the ice melted the pipe returned to it's original size & sealed the flow. Did you use a gauge to determine if the clamp had been properly crimped? --151.203.xxx.xxx





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