A question commonly asked about CPVC piping is what makes it susceptible to failures once in service. It is not necessary to have a materials science degree to gain an understanding of the factors involved. Essentially, certain conditions must be present for a failure to be set into motion. In this post we will look at what these conditions are and how they may interact with each other.
With all eyes on the future of our planet, concern about sustainable building materials and solid waste disposal grows every year. Plastics typically are criticized for not being “biodegradable” and for having a high environmental footprint on that basis alone. While this might be a solid line of reasoning for single use plastics, it is not valid for CPVC. CPVC is recyclable into other useful products.
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Combating waterborne public health problems that can arise from the potable water supply is a complex and ongoing challenge for any water utility and desalination plant. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who defined the guiding principles, the main objectives are to:
For decades, the environmental movement and the green building emphasis that grew out of it, focused heavily on the contribution of manufacturing processes that emitted waste byproducts to the air, water and land. However, today one of the primary aspects of assessing sustainability in building materials is acknowledging their resource efficiency and how they perform during the use phase of their lifecycle. Products that are durable, energy efficient and have a long service life by definition have a reduced environmental footprint when compared to products that are made from non-renewable materials, or that corrode and are susceptible to early failures, requiring land disposal.
When designing a new plastic piping system, it is crucial to keep in mind that the success of that system depends on a number of key factors: the quality of the parts manufactured ; the stresses imposed from operating conditions and installation issues; and the chemical substances in contact with both the outside and inside of the system. Every one of these aspects can affect the performance of the system during its service life.
A question piping specifiers often ask is how does CPVC fare in the presence of high intensity solar radiation and prolonged sunlight exposure coupled with temperatures as high as 50° C in summer? They want to know how using a thermoplastic material makes sense in such punishing conditions.
In several occasions this blog has proved how FlowGuard® CPVC meets or exceeds the necessary safety, performance and quality assurance requirements of key international agencies. Many specifiers may still question whether they should design with CPVC on residential and commercial projects that handle corrosive desalinated drinking water.
As with any aging process, CPVC plumbing pipe that has been functioning for years can change in appearance with the passage of time. Discoloration can happen, but if the pipe is FlowGuard® CPVC, that will not affect the life expectancy of the piping system or its pressure bearing capabilities under normal use conditions.
Plumbing specialists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia must balance numerous variables in ensuring they provide a superior system of pipes and fixtures that distribute water for use in a building. As part of that analysis, the merits of smooth interior pipe surfaces should not be downplayed in promoting the delivery of drinking water that is safe. Surface smoothness is in fact a primary factor in preventing biofilm formation and should represent one critical aspect when choosing a piping material for your home.
A common reference for CPVC materials used in potable drinking water applications is its compliance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water Systems Components – Health Effects. Being defined as standard since 1988, NSF/ANSI 61 establishes minimum requirements for the control of adverse human health effects in materials, components, products and systems that have direct contact with drinking water (from source to tap) or drinking water treatment chemicals.