What You Need to Know About Storing and Handling CPVC Pipe
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.
Storing CPVC Pipe Outdoors
Unlike other plastic piping, CPVC pipe can withstand the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Long UV exposure weakens other plastic piping, including polypropylene (PPR) or green pipe. FlowGuard CPVC is engineered with specialized additives that protect the material from the sun's rays. Although some exposure to UV won’t damage piping, we still recommend covering piping with a non-transparent material when storing outside for long periods of time. This will help protect piping from the discoloring effects that UV rays can have on its surface.
Additionally, keep these considerations in mind when storing CPVC pipes on the job site:
- Keep pipes and fittings out of areas where they may get run over by power equipment.
- Find a flat area, free of sharp jagged rocks or debris, and that is relatively protected.
- Never set anything heavy, sharp or rough on top of the piping.
Handling CPVC Pipe
Although CPVC pipe is flexible and can bend to a certain extent, it should not be bent too forcefully because small cracks can form. You should inspect each pipe for damage prior to installation. If you see any cracks, splits, gouges or other damages, measure 5 centimeters from the end of the crack and recut the pipe.
Want to Learn More About Storing and Handling FlowGuard® CPVC?
We want to make sure you get the support and information you need for your project. If you have any questions about FlowGuard CPVC pipe and the appropriate practices for storing and handling, our team of piping system consultants is ready to talk.