Installation and labor costs make up a considerable portion of the total plumbing system cost. With FlowGuard® CPVC, it is easy and safe to quickly assemble a strong, leak-free plumbing system. This speed and reliability allow for cost savings, improved safety and long-term joint strength.
On average, FlowGuard CPVC installation time is up to 50% faster than PPR. FlowGuard CPVC plumbing systems offer superior installation because they:
- Require no electricity or heat to install.
- Can be easily installed in confined spaces.
- Are simple to cut with basic hand tools.
- Require no heavy equipment.
- Are fused together at the molecular using solvent cement, creating strong, reliable joints
- Offer a better tensile strength than other plastics, requiring fewer hangers and supports.
How to Solvent Cement Weld FlowGuard® CPVC
Solvent cement welding is a fast, safe installation method often recommended for FlowGuard Pipes and Fittings. Unlike glue, solvent cement fuses pipe and fittings together at the molecular level, forming a permanent joint that becomes the strongest part of the system.
There are a few basic steps in the solvent cement welding process, which include:
- Cut the pipe with a sharp, fine toothed circular saw, miter saw, hand saw, ratchet cutter or wheel cutter.
- Prepare the pipe and fittings by removing all filings and scrap from the pipe end and create a slight bevel along the pipe edge with a reamer or pocketknife.
- Apply the solvent cement using a heavy, even coat around the outside of the pipe and a thin, even coat around the inside of the fitting (Use a primer if requested by the manufacturer, or if you don't have 2 step solvent cement).
- Assemble the joint by inserting the pipe into the fitting and holding in place until the joint holds.
- Give the joint proper time to cure and dry, following the manufacturer’s directions, which vary depending on the pipe size and environmental conditions.
This reliable installation method can be properly performed by anyone with limited training. Contact us if you would like onsite training or support.
Modifying or Repairing FlowGuard Piping
At times it may be necessary to modify or repair a CPVC plumbing system. Thankfully, FlowGuard piping is easy to cut, relatively lightweight and simple to install directly on site without the use of complicated tools or electricity.
It is also ideal for repairs in confined, hard-to-reach areas like walls or ceilings where it is difficult to properly heat all the way around a seam.
Where Can FlowGuard CPVC Be Installed?
FlowGuard CPVC pipe and fittings are approved by all international standard bodies for use in residential and commercial potable water systems. It is most commonly found in:
Wherever potable water must be delivered reliably and cleanly, FlowGuard CPVC is the safe, secure choice.
Learn How to Install FlowGuard Pipes and Fittings
If you are interested in training and support, our team of experts are available to walk you through the process or come onsite and offer in-person training.