How CPVC Improves Job Site Safety by Eliminating Hazards
With any construction project, there are inherent risks and liabilities. For example, falling objects, powerful machinery, and heat used near flammable materials all create opportunities for injury and property damage.
Contractors, building owners, and occupants all stand to benefit by limiting the number of hazards located around a job site. One way to accomplish this is through the selection of plumbing system material.
Different materials require different installation processes and tools. Specifically, in the Middle East, CPVC (60 to 70% of the market) and green pipe (PPR) (30 to 40%) are the two primary piping options.
- CPVC is installed using solvent cement, which is a chemical compound applied to the pipe and fitting that fuses the materials together.
- PPR is installed using heat fusion, where the material is melted, forced together and cooled to create a seam.
With CPVC and solvent cement, contractors can eliminate a number of hazards that are unavoidable with PPR.
- No Electricity: CPVC does not require electricity at any point during the installation process. CPVC can be easily cut with a wheel or ratchet cutter.
- No Heat Sources: Solvent cement does not require heat to create a strong, secure bond, eliminating the need for hot air tools, heating plates or welding machines on site.
- No Elevated Machinery: Installing CPVC along ceiling joists requires a can of solvent cement and a dauber that’s less than half the width of the pipe opening. This removes the threat of accidentally knocking heavy welding machines off of elevated surfaces down on to contractors working nearby.
- No Toxic Fumes: Heating thermoplastics creates toxic smoke that poses health risks if inhaled. This is a serious threat if contractors heat welding pipe in confined areas don’t wear the proper masks.
Accidents happen even if all the proper safety protocols are followed. Sometimes the best way to improve everyone’s safety and limit liability risk is to remove hazards altogether.
If you have questions about the safety of FlowGuard® CPVC and it’s installation, consider scheduling a free consultation with one of our product experts.