PVC for Plumbing
For decades, copper has been the go-to material for plumbers everywhere. But more recently, clever plumbers have realized that PVC pipe can do the job just as well, if not better. PVC pipe uses its superior properties to beat its competitors in most applications. PVC is abrasion-resistant, lightweight, and has a great deal of strength. It is also easy to install, as it can be cut, shaped, welded, and joined easy in endless types of configurations. PVC is also durable. It does not rot like wood or rust like metal. It is resistant to weathering, chemical corrosion, shock, and abrasion. PVC pipe has a potential in-service life of up to 100 years. All these properties add up to make it the best option for many plumbers seeking long-term piping solutions.
PVC is also cost-effective. PVC pipe and fittings can be purchased at a fraction of the price of similar metal products. This value is enhanced when you consider all the properties it has that makes it a better solution than alternatives in many situations. PVC products can also reduce environmental impact, as they require less energy to produce than their alternatives. They are also lighter than their alternatives, meaning they require less energy to transport than their alternatives. With all these positive attributes, who wouldn’t use PVC pipe for plumbing?
You may be having trouble visualizing PVC in plumbing. If that’s the case, visualize a commercial bathroom with PVC pipes and drainage. Sinks can be outfitted with PVC P-traps, which drain wastewater and trap gunk and debris in a system. Toilets can use PVC pipe for drainage as well. To supply hot water to faucets, CPVC pipe and fittings will work just as well as copper pipe at a fraction of the price. In fact, CPVC is great for all of the water lines, as it works with cold water as well. If you will need to check or clean a pipeline, you can use a DWV PVC cleanout, which can be removed with ease. As you can see, the uses for PVC in plumbing are endless!
PVC Pipe Used for Plumbing
In a home or business,. It is vital that you use the right pipe for the job. Regular schedule 40 PVC is perfect for drains and wastewater. For any hot water applications, such as using PVC for shower plumbing, CPVC is a necessity. Often those systems use copper pipes, so we carry CPVC that is sized according to standard copper tube sizes. Below are a few different types of PVC pipe that can be used for plumbing.
- • Schedule 80 PVC Pipe
- • Schedule 80 CPVC Pipe
- • Flexible PVC Pipe
PVC Fittings Used for Plumbing
In plumbing, fittings are used to join together different lines or to navigate a pipeline around an obstacle. Some of the most common fittings in plumbing are traps, elbows, tees, wyes, and P-traps. PVC fittings’ plumbing applications are nearly endless. Below are several categories of fittings, in which you can find just about every fitting you could need for plumbing.
- • Schedule 40 PVC Fittings
- • CTS CPVC Fittings
- • Schedule 80 PVC Fittings
- • Schedule 80 CPVC Fittings
- • DWV Fittings
When using PVC in plumbing, there are a few things to consider. Water makes more noise running through PVC pipe than copper pipe, and on its own, PVC does not insulate as well as copper pipe. This means that water can freeze in the pipe at low temperatures. However, both of these problems can be solved by insulating your PVC pipe! Pipe insulation insulates temperature as well as sound and makes PVC perfect for plumbing.