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PVC Pipes


PVC Pipes

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride. The PVC water pipes supplied by PVC Pipeline Services are an environmentally friendly option. Their smooth surface allows a free flow of water or fluids, which reduces pumping costs and energy use.

Advantages of Use

PVC pipes are easy to manufacture, there is a limited amount of recyclable resources required to make them, they are lightweight in composition, which makes for easy-installation, and they last a long time. PVC water pipes are best known for their durability. There are some piping systems that were laid over 80 years ago that are still in use.

PVC pipes are a preferred choice over other options such as HDPE, ductile iron or steel pipes. This is because they are lightweight and very easy to transport or install. They also have a long lifespan when fitted underground. 

However, used in water supply networks, they have multiple uses, from plumbing to water mains to drainage, for cold water pipes only. They are also commonly used for swimming pools and spa systems. A variety of thicknesses usually dictate what systems they are best suited for, with schedule 40 being common in water distribution.

There are many advantages to using PVC water pipes over other options:

  • The expected lifespan of underground PVC water pipes is at least 100 years or more

  • They show a much lower failure rate than any other water pipes

  • They are easy to install

  • They require very little maintenance

  • PVC is a cost-effective choice in water pipes due to their ease of use, lifespan and little need for maintenance

  • PVC pipes have leak-free fittings, which eliminate water loss

Where PVC Pipes are Not Suitable For

Overground applications and exposure to ultraviolet light can make them become brittle and prone to physical damage. Temperatures of over 65°C can also make them soften or change shape.

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