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Installation  |  Material Comparison

What You Need to Know About Storing and Handling CPVC Pipe

While a strong, durable material, FlowGuard® CPVC can be damaged if mishandled or improperly stored. For this reason, plumbers should keep the following suggestions in mind when bringing CPVC piping onto the job site.

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Material Comparison

What Is the Top Plumbing Pipe Material Used in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?

A survey of piping material purchases in Saudi Arabia revealed that the primary hot and cold water piping material is CPVC, and that FlowGuard® CPVC is the most requested brand. In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, CPVC has captured 60-70% of the total residential plumbing market. Only 30-40% of the country uses PPR or an alternative. FlowGuard CPVC commands 30-40% of the total residential plumbing market and more than half of all CPVC in use.

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Debunking CPVC Myths

Debunking CPVC Myths

Find straightforward answers to questions about: joint reliability, drinking water safety, service life and more.

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CPVC Performance  |  Health and Safety  |  Material Comparison

The Effects of Hot Water on CPVC and PPR Piping

Heat is used to shape and mold plastics, including CPVC and PPR, into the pipes and fitting used throughout a home or villa’s plumbing system. After processing, how a plastic material reacts to exposure to heat, mainly from hot water and the surrounding environment, differs based on the type of plastic and how it was processed.   When choosing the plastic piping material for your plumbing system, it is important to consider how heat, specifically hot water can affect it.

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Hot and Cold Water Piping Material Comparison: CPVC vs. PPR

FlowGuard® CPVC pipe is the preferred choice for today’s residential plumbing systems. Our material meets the highest international standards, combining durability, reliability, safety and cost savings. FlowGuard CPVC outperforms all other plastic piping, including green pipe, or polypropylene (PPR). When comparing FlowGuard CPVC with PPR, our material withstands higher temperatures and pressures and produces less smoke than other plastics in a fire.

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What You Need to Know About Solvent Cement Cure Times and CPVC Piping

Curing is a critical step of the installation process because the solvent cement must dry completely before you fill the pipes with water and test for leaks. If you were to pressurize and test the system before allowing the solvent cement to fully evaporate, you increase the chance of inadvertently damaging joints. To help avoid this issue, this resource explains what’s happening as a joint cures, how long you should wait to pressure test a system, and some variables that can affect cure times.

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CPVC Performance

FlowGuard® CPVC Impact Strength and Testing [Infographic]

A reliable and lasting plumbing system demands specific performance characteristics from its pipes and fittings. One of these, IMPACT STRENGTH, predicts whether your pipes will be stored, handled and installed without breaking. 

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13 Tips For Successful CPVC Pipe Installation

Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) pipe and fitting installation is quick and cost-effective. Pipes are joined with an easy solvent cement welding process and inexpensive and readily available tools. Additionally, CPVC installation is much safer than green pipe (PPR) because it does not require heat fusion techniques or torches, which allows for easy installation in tight, confined spaces.   Following best practices for FlowGuard® pipe and fittings installation will ensure a reliable, long-lasting plumbing system. The tips highlighted below do not replace the manufacturer’s instructions, but provide a list of helpful dos and don’ts.

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Debunking the Myths About CPVC

FlowGuard® Pipe and Fittings are made of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC). CPVC is a long-lasting thermoplastic with a history of reliable performance in residential plumbing applications.

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Health and Safety  |  Material Comparison

How CPVC Piping Limits Environmental Impact

All piping materials and products have an effect on the environment. These environmental impacts range from securing raw materials needed to make different piping, to the energy required to manufacture the piping, to the ultimate disposition of the material. Because of this, homeowners must carefully consider the products that make up their plumbing system. No matter the material—chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) or the green pipe (PPR)—both impact the environment during production. However, the extent of this impact is dependent on the type of material.

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CPVC Performance  |  Installation

How To Install FlowGuard® CPVC In Hot Weather

One of the advantages of the CPVC installation process is that it can be done in hot or cold temperatures. While the FlowGuard® Installation Guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to properly install CPVC piping for plumbing systems, contractors should take the following special considerations when installing FlowGuard pipe and fittings in hot temperatures. By following these simple guidelines, reliable solvent welds can be formed in temperatures exceeding 35°C.

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