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Product information, material comparisons, installation best practices, design considerations, safety information and more from the pioneer in CPVC plumbing technology.

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Why CPVC Pipe Fails, and Why It Succeeds

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.

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Recyclable CPVC Pipe A Plus In Sustainable Design

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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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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Clean Water Chemistry: What Pipe Specifiers Need to Know

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:

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Resource-Efficient CPVC Limits Environmental Footprint

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.

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CPVC Performance  |  Installation

Understanding the Burst Resistance of CPVC Pipe

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.

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CPVC Piping and UV Resistance Properties

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.

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CPVC and the Importance of Surface Smoothness in Piping

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.

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CPVC Performance  |  Health and Safety  |  Material Comparison

Is CPVC Piping Safe?

Water quality is of critical importance to any residential plumbing system. As a homeowner, you should be able to trust that your piping material isn’t contaminating the water flowing through it. But despite water disinfection, bacteria can still be present in drinking water. Depending on the material, some pipes are more susceptible to bacterial buildup than others. As a result, multiple international studies, such as the Kiwa Water Assessment, tested the safety of several materials, including green pipe (PPR) and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC). The result? CPVC is the one of the safest non-metallic materials for your water supply.

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How Long Does CPVC Piping Last?

Reliability is arguably the most important characteristic for a residential piping system. Homeowners want piping that does its job, without problems, for as long as possible. Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) and green pipe (PPR) are both popular piping options in today’s market. CPVC has been around for more than 55 years and many of its initial installations are still up and running without problems. PPR is a more recent addition to the market and claims to have a life-span of around 50 years―however there are no installations dating back far enough to evaluate its longevity in real-world applications.

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