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Are FlowGuard® CPVC Pipes Safe?
By: FlowGuard EMEA on 24-jun-2024 7:33:56
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Are FlowGuard® CPVC Pipes Safe?

  • Water quality in residential plumbing systems is paramount, with FlowGuard® CPVC proving to be one of the safest non-metallic options for maintaining pure water supply

  • Studies like the Kiwa Water Assessment highlight FlowGuard® CPVC’s effectiveness against bacterial growth and its superiority in preventing biofilm formation compared to PPR.

  • FlowGuard® CPVC’s resistance to chemical permeation further assures homeowners of a clean water supply, mitigating potential risks associated with pipe corrosion and contaminant infiltration.

 

Ensuring the purity of water in a residential plumbing system is a top priority for any homeowner. The integrity of the water you use daily shouldn't be compromised by the materials carrying it to your home. Despite rigorous water disinfection practices, the risk of bacterial presence in drinking water persists, influenced significantly by the choice of piping material.

Recent findings from comprehensive international research, including pivotal studies like the Kiwa Water Assessment, rigorously examined the safety profiles of various piping options, including green pipe (PPR) and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC).

 

FlowGuard® CPVC’s Resistance Against Bacterial Growth

The comparative resistance FlowGuard CPVC shows against bacterial contamination stems from its minimal biofilm formation potential. Biofilms, which are colonies of microorganisms, can cling to certain piping materials in moist conditions, posing a health risk over time. However, FlowGuard CPVC distinguishes itself with a chemical composition and pipe surface smoothness that significantly impedes biofilm adherence.

Illustrative of FlowGuard CPVC’s protective qualities, Kiwa's Water Assessment vividly demonstrated lower Legionella bacteria counts in FlowGuard CPVC piping systems than in those made of PPR, reaffirming FlowGuard CPVC’s status as a guardian of water safety.

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FlowGuard CPVC’s Water Quality Assurance

Undergoing rigorous evaluation by leading health and safety organisations worldwide, FlowGuard CPVC emerges as a beacon of trust for clean, safe water delivery. These third-party agencies deploy a suite of standardised tests, granting certifications to materials that meet their stringent criteria for potable water applications.

Notably, FlowGuard CPVC's portfolio of international certifications is impressive, encompassing notable endorsements like NSF International, Kiwa (UK), and the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) in the UK. Specifically, it meets NSF/ANSI 61 standards, including Annex G for lead content, ensuring that extracted lead levels are significantly below the mandated 0.25%.

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Guarding Against Chemical Permeation with CPVC

One of the stealthier risks in plumbing is chemical permeation, where external contaminants breach the pipe wall, tainting the water supply. FlowGuard CPVC’s chlorine-based structure and carefully formulated additives embolden it against many prevalent chemical threats, shielding the water from pollution.

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FlowGuard CPVC Pipe and Fittings: The Trusted Choice

Echoing its global acceptance, FlowGuard Pipes and Fittings command a leading position in the plumbing system market. This distinction is earned through unwavering commitment to material quality and the inherent resistance of the product to chlorine and biofilm formation.

For homeowners and builders pondering how long FlowGuard CPVC lasts, or those concerned about maintaining optimal water quality, FlowGuard CPVC stands as a time-tested solution. 

Queries or considerations about integrating FlowGuard CPVC into your plumbing infrastructure? Our dedicated team of piping system consultants is on hand to assist.

DELIVERING
RELIABILITY

For more than 50 years, FlowGuard® Pipe and Fittings has provided reliable hot and cold water plumbing systems to residential and commercial buildings around the world.

DELIVERING
RELIABILITY

For more than 50 years, FlowGuard® Pipe and Fittings has provided reliable hot and cold water plumbing systems to residential and commercial buildings around the world.