PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes are in widespread use in a number of industries, ranging from residential plumbing to complex water treatment systems. Because of the material properties of PVC pipes, they are highly valuable as a thermo-resistant structure, fire retardant fabric, and as a high quality water conduit in many construction applications. PVC pipes are superior to most other modern materials due to environmental friendliness, chemical resistance, inherent toughness, heat resistance, and being electrically non-conductive/non-corrosive. PVC is very useful for making pipes that are secure connections between other pipes (reducing leakage), maintaining quality in water, and reducing the potential for injury in construction applications.
PVC pipes are environmentally friendly due to the source of the raw material used to make PVC resin. Salt, quite literally abundant everywhere in the world, is used to create the resin that makes up PVC pipes. Salt is unlikely to ever diminish as a natural resource. Because PVC pipes last for decades, it is going to cost less in the long run to recycle. Additionally, PVC pipes are light enough in weight, that more PVC pipes are transportable per truck load than metal pipes. This fact means that the fuel used in transportation of the material is reduced.
Acids do not harm PVC piping. Acids produce electrochemical reactions in other materials, but PVC pipes are non-conductive (on the inside and the exterior of the PVC pipe). Because of the resistance of PVC pipes to chemicals, the PVC pipe is used broadly in agricultural farming, where the pipes are exposed to destructive soils, fertilizers, and chemicals (such as pesticides). Even salts corrode metal pipes, but not PVC pipes. In the long run, PVC pipes save the buyer money because they do not have to be replaced as often as corrosive metal pipes. While metal pipes need to be cleaned or replaced within a year, PVC pipes need only be replaced every 7 to 15 years. PVC pipes can resist temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of PVC’s chemically resistant nature, it is often used as a protective cover in metal piping applications (including plumbing systems).
The PVC pipe is resistant to fracturing. This is due in part to its flexibility, and partially due to its light weight. PVC pipe isn’t heavy enough to shatter if it is dropped, making PVC pipes safer on construction sites than metal pipes. PVC is flexible enough to resist breaking under pressure. PVC pipe is ideal for underground applications, especially in the event of an earthquake. PVC toughness is the result of mixing water and vinyl chloride monomer in a container to produce chemically resistant material.
Better water quality is achieved by running water through PVC pipes. PVC pipes do not corrode, so there will never be any alterations to the purity in the water. Water and other fluids pass through PVC pipes unobstructed. This is due to the PVC pipe’s smooth interior surface. The smoothness of PVC pipes reduces friction, allowing contaminates in sewage systems to pass through the pipe with less chances of clogging the pipe.
PVC piping is ideal for thermal resisting applications because the material of PVC is highly resistant to thermal conductivity. PVC is made into highly proficient insulation pipes. Aside from being used in insulation applications, PVC pipes are a fire retardant structure. It is very unlikely for PVC pipes to catch fire. A source of fire would have to remain constantly blazing; Even then, the PVC pipe’s materials will quickly combine with oxygen molecules, which will famish the flames.