PVC pipes are lightweight
Compared to metal pipes, PVC pipes are light in weight. This means fewer installers are required to lay piping, and they can get the job done quicker and with less chance of injury. Due to their lighter weight, it is also cheaper to transport PVC pipes than metal pipes.
PVC pipes are flexible
PVC pipes have resistance to fracture and can yield under loads without fracturing. This means they can be used under a surface that may have external loading, such as a road. Their modulus of elasticity makes them ideal for buried applications, especially where they may be subject to soil movement or vibration. They also reduce the magnitude of pressure surges, like water hammer.
PVC pipes have no-leak joints
With deep insertion, push-together gasketed or solvent cement joints, PVC pipe joints are watertight. Fusion joints provide a monolithic fully sealed pipeline, which is ideal for many applications, as well as in trenchless installations and on contaminated sites.
PVC pipes have low resistance to flow
Thanks to their smooth wall surface, fluid friction is reduced in PVC pipes. The smoothness inhibits slime build-up in sewers and eliminates tuberculation and encrustation in water distribution mains. This reduces maintenance costs, makes a more efficient pipeline design possible and results in superior performance.
PVC pipes are safe
PVC pipes are a safe choice for transportation of drinking water. This is due to their high degree of inertness and resistance to corrosion. PVC pipes are therefore free from bio-film contamination where bacteria can multiply. Manufactured from a non-toxic and safe material, and by helping provide clean water, PVC pipes are beneficial to public health.
PVC pipes come in longer lengths
PVC pipes can be supplied in various lengths to suit your application. Using a longer length may reduce the number of joints required. This means installation can be done quicker, while there is less hydraulic friction and fewer opportunities for leakage.
PVC pipes are flame resistant
PVC pipes do not catch on fire easily and will not burn without an external ignition source. The spontaneous ignition temperature is 450°C.
PVC’s design versatility
Designers have more flexibility when designing new products and developing solutions with PVC as a replacement material. It may be used in pipes, cables, window frames and roofing, as well as interior design, packaging, clothing, billboards, safety equipment and medical products.
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