I've never heard of a mouse eating PVC pipe, but they'll chew through just
about anything if they have a reason. Better to get rid of the mice than
worry about whether they'll eat your plumbing. (They'll eat your food too,
but you don't avoid food because of it).
We have a Lowes and three Home Depots in our area. I think I have seen a
roll of PEX at Lowes, and maybe one of the Home Depot's. But, it was on a
bottom shelf, you had to look hard for it.
And that's the catch. PEX isn't of much use without the appropriate
fittings, manifolds, and the crimping tool. Even if I was lucky enough to
find the PEX I needed at the home centers, I couldn't do anything with it
unless I had the fittings and the tool.
You could always order everything you need online, or at a local plumbing
supply, but that isn't much help if you spring a leak and need to make
emergency repairs. Sure, leaks shouldn't occur under normal circumstances,
but accidents happen. You could accidently pierce a pipe in a wall with a
nail while hanging a picture, or the fabled mouse could chew a hole in the
pipe. Using CPVC makes it easy to go to any local store and get the
supplies I need to fix it. And since no special tools are required, I can
easily keep a few supplies on hand just for those kinds of emergencies.
A local hardware chain, Aubuchon's carries some PEX and has compression
fitting for it. In my case, I needed to do a 6' patch where the copper was
a problem. It is a situation where it is difficult to get to solder, can't
get the right fittings, etc. PEX was a simple fix. While Sacramento Dave
like copper because it is a lifetime job, this particular setup has failed
twice because of a bad setup from the original plumbing job.
I replaced the entire galvanized system in this house with CPVC back
in the mid 80s, have run 1" water line to the community wall for 1/4
mile in PVC, have run probably 1000 ft or more of PVC irrigation line
over the years. Have never had but 2 leaks. One was my fault, I used
a female PVC to iron adapter (it split on the casting line), the other
was a _very_ slow drip on a hot water line that was in an awkward
place to fit it up. It sealed itself in a week or two.
Copper - most expensive and hardest to work with.
PEX - cheaper but the fittings are a bit expensive and special tools
PVC/CPVC - cheapest, simplest and all fittings are available
everywhere, no special tool required. A hacksaw, small pipe wrench
(for iron to pvc adapters) and a can of glue is all that is required.
You can chop out many feet of line and fittings and just toss it at a
cost of only a few dollars for replacement material.
In my cause I replaced all CPVC pipes in my house after ant extermination with
PEX pipe. All CPVC glue get f**ked after small amount of chemicals cover the
connections. I do not recommend use CPVC by few reasons see why
Now fittings for PEX is cheaper than any other fittings and not necessary to
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