PVC pipe, or Poly Vinyl Chloride pipe, is a relatively […]
PVC pipe, or Poly Vinyl Chloride pipe, is a relatively modern type of piping, used most often in drinking water systems, and other cold water installations. When there is a need for foodstuffs or ultra-pure liquids in manufacturing applications, PVC pipe or stainless steel pipe is usually used.
PVC pipe is plastic pipe and has been in use in the United States since the 1960’s, when it was first introduced. PVC pipe often replaces metal pipe in kitchens and bathrooms these days.
Health Concerns of PVC Pipe
There has been some controversy over the health issues of PVC in recent years. Some of the chemicals in the plastic used in PVC pipe have been reported to leech out over time, and may affect the water supply, if drinking water or shower water is supplied via a PVC pipe.
Flexibility of PVC Pipe
PVC pipe can withstand vigorous movement and a certain degree of bending without cracking. PVC pipe is therefore often used in earthquake prone areas, or in areas where there is periodic land settling.
CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) is similar to PVC in that they are both made of the same elements, but the presence of chlorine in CPVC Pipe allows it to withstand higher temperatures than its cousin. In fact, it can handle temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, making it suitable for hot water applications. Because of its high tolerance levels, CPVC is also widely used in commercial and industrial applications, and in places where metal pipe is subject to corrosion.