Since indoor plumbing was invented (the photo is a communal toilet room from a couple of thousand years ago) there really has not been a lot of innovation in the systems, everyone relying on some form of rigid piping for water distribution and drainage. 

So, I thought it was interesting when I saw a hot and cold potable water distribution technology that uses flexible polyethylene tubing instead of pieces of rigid pipe glued, screwed or soldered together that we are all used to seeing.  I think it’s pretty slick, and it appears to me like the way to go.

Manifold Home Piping Systems

What are they?

Manifold piping, or home-run plumbing systems are a plumbing option that generally uses a type of tubing called PEX — cross-lined polyethylene piping.  The pictures pretty well show how it works. 

The idea is that each tube runs continuously from the centrally located distribution manifold out to the fixture it serves, without a bunch of branches and fittings hidden in the building’s framing to get there. Not only does it seem to me to be a big labor saver, it could eliminate a large number of possible leak points. (And it just LOOKS cool to a nerd like myself).

I pulled some info from a few different sources and assembled some advantage/ disadvantage info, so if you want to get a bit more about it, CLICK HERE.

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  2. We had the PEX system installed in our new house and love it. I marvel at that picture of the toilets from all those years ago, I can only imagine what things were like before they were invented. The technology today allows us to heat water on demand and to stop wasting water waiting for it to be heated up.

    Nathaniel @ Mikes Plumbing SWFL


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