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What is UPVC and its Different Applications?

What is UPVC and its Different Applications?

In the last couple of decades, plastic pipes have taken over the plumbing industry replacing metal and concrete pipes. Earlier, the major problems plumbers use to face were corrosion, heavyweight pipes leading to tedious installation process. This is where plastic pipes came in as a revolutionary solution to all leading plumbing problems. Among plastic pipes, the PVC category has stood out over the years. UPVC stands for Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride and is also known as rigid PVC. The term Unplasticized means no additional plasticizing polymers are used in UPVC manufacturing process and hence is the most durable form of PVC.  Although UPVC pipes are extensively used for agriculture, and drainage, however normally in India UPVC pipes refer to the plumbing pipes commonly used for transportation of cold water for residential, commercial and industrial applications. These pipes are normally white in colour.

What is a UPVC pipe?

UPVC pipes are derived from PVC resin, which is combined with varied chemicals & additives to create a strong and durable material. Due to its durable nature, resistant to corrosion, chemical damage & weathering, this piping system is extensively used in various plumbing & drainage applications.

The Advantages of UPVC Piping Systems

Few notable advantages of UPVC piping system are its higher tensile & impact strength that enhances its durability. Easy to transport & install due to its light weight. Resistant to corrosion & chemical damage again enhancing its durability. It can withstand the change in temperature, which makes it hassle-free to maintain. Furthermore, these pipes are not prone to scaling, this means they do not require frequent cleaning making them easier to maintain.The smooth texture of inner walls of these pipes allows a better flow rate compared to metallic systems.

The Different Applications of UPVC Pipes

This wonder polymer, due to its versatile properties has varied application areas.

  1. Domestic & Commercial Plumbing - UPVC piping system are a popular choice in today's potable water plumbing system, especially for cold water lines.

  2. Sewage & Drainage System - In India, it’s the most preferred material in drainage & sewage systemsdue to their non-corrosive nature, lightweight, and easy installation.

  3. Irrigation - UPVC plumbing pipes are also suitable for irrigation systems, where they can withstand harsh weather conditions and exposure to chemicals and fertilisers.

  4. Electrical Conduits - UPVC piping system are used as electrical passage to protect and route electrical wires and cables. In addition, they offer excellent insulation properties.

  5. Industrial - UPVC piping system are used in industrial piping applications due to its excellent resistance to chemicals & abrasion.

What are the different types of UPVC Pipes?

There are two main types of UPVC pipes: pressure pipes and gravity pipes. Pressure pipes are designed for use in high-pressure applications, such as irrigation systems or water supply lines. Gravity pipes are used in low-pressure applications, such as drainage systems.

UPVC Pipes Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is the life of UPVC pipes?

UPVC pipes typically have a long service life, with many manufacturers claiming a lifespan of up to 50 years or more under normal conditions. This longevity is due to UPVC's resistance to corrosion, chemical degradation, and wear, making it a durable option for plumbing systems.

How easy it is to install UPVC Pipes & Fittings?

UPVC pipes & fittings especially for potable water system are very easy to install primarily due to its light weight and solvent cement wielding process. Even unskilled labour can install them easily.

Are UPVC pipes flammable?

UPVC pipes have low combustibility, making it difficult to catch fire. In the event these pipes do catch fire, they instantly stop burning once the source of the fire is removed. 

Are UPVC pipes safe for health?

In India all leading brands available in market use lead free technology to extrude UPVC pipes, thus making it suitable & hygienic for potable water system, however there are smaller brands which still use lead as a processing aid which tends to be harmful for human health.

Is UPVC piping system suitable for hot water application.

CPVC pipes can withstand both hot and cold temperatures, UPVC pipes are designed only for cold & normal temperature water passing.

Binay Agrawal

Binay Agrawal

Binay Agrawal, a highly experienced and accomplished professional, currently holds the position of Business Head of the TempRite South Asia division at Lubrizol India.