CPVC plumbing systems are some of the most reliable on the market, thanks in large part to their strong pipe and fitting seams. CPVC is welded together using solvent cement, which is much different than glue and heat fusion. Glue simply sticks a pipe and fitting together, and heat fusion melts the adjoining materials together. These methods weaken the material resulting in a less reliable seam. On the other hand, solvent cement chemically fuses the pipe and fitting together, creating a seam that once dry becomes the strongest part of the system. So, how exactly does solvent cement join CPVC?
The safety and reliability of any material used within the home should be the most important consideration for any homeowner. The material used to distribute drinking and bathing water throughout your house is no exception. FlowGuard® CPVC is one of the safest piping materials in the Saudi Arabia market. That said, our representatives are often asked important questions about its quality and safety. Below, we’ve listed answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.
Find straightforward answers to questions about: joint reliability, drinking water safety, service life and more.
Installing a brand new plumbing system or upgrading an existing one can be a costly venture. That’s why price-conscious plumbers, contractors, and homeowners turn to materials that can save money, like CPVC. When compared to PPR, FlowGuard® CPVC pipe and fittings decrease material costs and labor costs, and ultimately result in long-term savings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.