I am an inexperienced, more than novice, homeowner who, along with my husband, is renovating an abandoned farmstead. My husband and I have gutted the whole house. After seeing Richard install PEX, we were really excited about it and had planned on using PEX plumbing throughout our home. We have bought all of the supplies and tools we need to complete the project. But now, I am extremely concerned about the articles that I have been reading that talk about the dangers of PEX when manufactured using the t-butyl peroxide method of production. This method causes a gasoline taste and leaches chemicals into the water that can affect many medical conditions including asthmatics breathing the steam from these pipes when showering. The answer to this problem is to empty the lines from every faucet in the house daily. This isn't feasible for us to do as we have a low yield well and must conserve water as much as possible. Does anyone know what method of production is used by PEX manufacturers now? Does anyone know if the problems with t-butyl peroxide still exists? It was an older article and I thought maybe they had quit using the t-butyl peroxide method of production. Is there a way to distinguish PEX piping that uses the t-butyl peroxide method from those that don't? Can we be sure that all methods of producing PEX are safe, or are there potable water problems with all forms of PEX? Also, the article mentioned that rodents were prone to eating through PEX piping to have easy access to water. Has anyone had any experiences with this problem? Thanks!