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By: FlowGuard EMEA on 04-abr-2022 1:00:00
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Why CPVC Plumbing Pipe for Confined Areas?

When plumbers need to access tight, confined spaces, it can be difficult. A great deal of time and cost goes into fixing problems when the pipe material used for plumbing is not flexible enough for safe plumbing in these hard-to reach areas.



FlowGuard CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) is a flexible and durable plumbing pipe, commonly used for retrofitting and in new construction, without fear of breaking, twisting or any unnecessary movement during use. Here's why:

  • Superior tensile strength
  • Reduced thermal expansion
  • Allows for easy prefabrication
  • Pipes are easy to repair in small sections
  • Easy to install in unobtrusive settings

Read on, and view our videos for tips and best practices to help you get the most out of FlowGuard CPVC every time, in every space.

Considerations for Water Supply Lines In Tight Spaces

The best types of plumbing pipes?

Why CPVC Plumbing Pipe for Confined Areas

FlowGuard CPVC pipe has superior tensile strength, with less potential for thermal expansion than PPR and other plastic pipes.

Reach more areas and make the most of smarter, more efficient routing, even with pipes of smaller diameter. Select the pipe size that is right for you and make the most of hidden spaces, creating a more satisfying end result for your customers.

Preparing your plumbing pipes

Why CPVC Plumbing Pipe for Confined Areas

Flexibility when working with the right types of plumbing pipes can start before you're even on site. Prefabricated sections of pipework with FlowGuard CPVC can greatly reduce the amount of difficult assembly required in hard to reach spaces, or in small residences where the luxury of space is not available.

Equipment used for installation

Why CPVC Plumbing Pipe for Confined Areas

In the case of installing with PPR and other types of pipes, heating the pipe seam evenly all the way round is essential, whereas CPVC doesn't require heat welding equipment at all. Prevent dragging heavy equipment into confined areas causing more disturbances, wasting unnecessary time and energy.

Solvent cement is quick and safe to use in hot and cold water supply lines, creating a molecular bond that does not present a risk of weak piping joints, when installed correctly.

Additional costs

Complicated plumbing structures often require more hangers, supports and looping, incurring additional material costs, to account for pipe security. FlowGuard CPVC's inherent strength means less additional cost on supporting materials. (To find out more about using FlowGuard CPVC to account for thermal expansion, read our dedicated blog.)

Repairing water supply lines

Why CPVC Plumbing Pipe for Confined Areas

Should repairs be required, it is much easier to cut out small sections of FlowGuard CPVC and repair them using a new solvent cement fitting, than perform the same tricky installation all over again using other types of plumbing pipes.

However, properly installed FlowGuard Pipe and Fittings are designed for decades of reliable service life and with superior corrosion resistance over PPR, PEX pipe and copper pipe, repairs in these tricky places are unlikely.

Installation without restriction

Plan for safer, quicker installation that will minimise disruption to occupants and clients, minimise costs on additional materials and prevent headaches when it comes to future repairs. Better yet, optimise your plumbing system's strength, durability and performance using FlowGuard CPVC.

To see a pipe installation for water supply lines in a confined space using FlowGuard CPVC, watch our installer video series.