One of the most important considerations when installing new plumbing or re-plumbing a home is which type of plumbing to use. Because of the health risks, lead is no longer used. Pipes made of copper, iron, bronze, and galvanized steel are still used. On the other hand, plastic pipes provide several advantages that should make them the preferred option in most instances.
PVC pipe, also known as polyvinyl chloride or PVC pipe, is suitable for various applications, including drainpipes, cold water supply lines, and vents. Because of its higher heat resistance, CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) pipe is better suitable for hot water lines.
What are PVC Pipes?
PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, which is a chlorinated hydrocarbon polymer. Chlorine atoms exchange hydrogen in a hydrocarbon polymer to produce it. It’s fragile and inflexible by nature. However, when combined with chemicals such as plasticizers, it becomes more bendable and resilient.
PVC can be used for various things, including electrical insulation, furniture, medical tubing, and flooring. However, it is mostly utilized to make pipes in plumbing, water supply, and irrigation.
In business settings, a few PVC pipe varieties are utilized for cold or hot water conduits. PVC pipes haven’t been used in the industry for more than 80 years. Today, two million miles of PVC pipelines are in use in the United States alone.
Let’s have a look at the benefits of plastic pipes over other plumbing options.
Corrosion can occur in metal pipes over time. Of course, iron will rust. When exposed to rust from a corroding water heater, copper pipes can corrode, contaminating your drinking water. Due to oxidation, any metal pipe will deteriorate over time. At some point, all pipes will wear out due to cavitation or excessive pressure, although the plastic pipe is easier to replace than metal pipe. Simply dismantle the existing connections and replace them with new ones. Consider metal pipe, which must frequently be cut using a metal saw, fresh portions fitted, and everything welded into place.
Another benefit of plastic pipes is their durability. It can withstand corrosion practically everywhere, including buried beneath your lawn or embedded in a concrete slab. This explains why, regardless of the type of pipes within your home, the pipes leading to your septic system or sewage line are virtually always plastic.
While the minerals that make water hard can build up within any pipe, the water scale takes significantly longer to block your pipes due to the smooth inner surface and overall resistance to wear. As a result, your plastic pipes will last much longer before having to cope with water pressure decreases caused by mineral buildup.
Quality of Water
It is always safe to have PVC pipe (lead-free) in touch with your drinking water. It’s completely safe to use. A little rust in your water won’t harm you, but corrosion from your copper pipes caused by rusted connections upstream can be problematic. CPVC pipes will survive even longer than PVC pipes. In all cases, PVC pipes will not impart the metallic flavor that metal pipes can impart to your water. PVC pipes are less likely to develop pitting, improving your water safety by preventing bacteria from developing within the pipes.
Plastic pipes provide an obvious advantage in terms of the total cost. Metal pipes are more expensive to manufacture. They are also less expensive to ship. Plastic pipes are less expensive, which has a variety of advantages for homes. Because they’re so inexpensive, shops are willing to keep a variety of sizes in stock. Pipe sections, couplings, and angles may nearly always be found for a reasonable price. A potential advantage of plastic pipes is that a homeowner might replace a cracked pipe or leaking section themselves rather than hiring a plumber with the appropriate gear.
Unitech Pipes offers a wide range of PVC pipe solutions that are ideal for plumbing and drainage. Our PVC pipes are comprised of high-quality PVC compounds that are corrosion and chemical-resistant. We also provide training and services to single-family houses, large residential structures, and commercial buildings.
Unitech Pipes is India’s largest PVC pipe maker. Since its inception in 1995, UNITECH PVC Pipes has had amazing success. The business has gone to great lengths to establish a solid reputation in the marketplace. This PVC Pipe company has always had an unrivaled vision for producing high-quality PVC Pipes for commercial and residential applications. It has carved out a distinct niche for itself. Their high-quality goods meet the growing needs of millions of homes and businesses around the country.