Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has only become a household name in the last decade or so, but now there's a new variation known as unplasticized polyvinyl chloride (uPVC) that is even better for industrial plumbing applications. Ordering this form of pipe for your project could save you a lot of time and hassle, especially if your plumbing demands involve high pressure levels or corrosive environments that damage metal alloys. Find out how uPVC beats the competition, including PVC, in five different ways.
Safe for Many Liquids
Normal PVC pipes include some chemicals known as plasticisers, which lend the pipe extra flexibility to keep it from cracking. The uPVC variety is 100% polyvinyl chloride with no extra chemicals mixed in, and it remains still flexible enough to withstand the usual rigors of industrial plumbing without getting damaged. Common plasticisers like BPA and phthalates leach into the water or other liquid flowing through the usual PVC pipes, resulting in what some consider unsafe drinking water. However, there are many liquids that benefit from a lack of contamination, no matter how little chemical residue is actually getting mixed in. Choosing uPVC over PVC allows you to send the most corrosive liquids through the same type of pipe you're using for potable water instead of ordering and organizing half a dozen different pipe types.
Lightweight for Easier Installation
Your plumber will thank you for choosing uPVC over heavy cast iron when designing a big sewage or high pressure liquid system. Despite being strong enough to handle the same challenges thrown at iron, this material is much lighter and easier to move on the job site. Installation and repairs both go faster when the plumbing crews can carry the materials in by hand instead of making a path for a forklift or work truck.
Quick for Hand Assembly
Any plumbing change that eliminates the need to weld pipe prevents complications like
- Welding fumes interrupting your use of the building
- Costly specialty pipefitter labor costs inflating the plumbing fees
- Hidden issues with incomplete welds leading to slow leaks.
No matter how large the uPVC pipe is, it remains relatively easy to fit and connect with pressure fittings with basic hand tools. Hand assembly costs less and often goes quicker, especially when installing or repairing complex sewage and waste drain pipes.
Smooth for Reduced Clogging
Tired of calling for constant unclogging visits from the plumber because your sewage lines are trapping waste? Unlike the rough and snag-filled interior of an aging cast iron pipe, the interior wall of a uPVC pipe remains smooth and clean no matter how long you use the fixture. Smooth walls reduce clogs, especially recurrent ones caused by interior pipe damage that keeps collecting debris until a clog forms. Whether you're flushing away grease from a meat processing plant or just managing the sewage produced by employee bathrooms, plumbing clogs take your attention away from more important things and are best avoided in the first place.
Tough for Corrosion Resistance
The power of uPVC in the industrial setting stretches beyond its value for carrying potable water, holding delicate fluids like milk, and draining away sewage with few problems. The pure material doesn't react to even the most corrosive liquids. Even coated iron eventually begins to break down from the inside out when exposed to acids and other corrosive mixtures, but uPVC can withstand the chemical assault for years without reacting. This can reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs significantly.
Of course, uPVC is far from the only high-tech plastic blend pipe available for industrial use. Talk to an industrial plumber to figure out if it's the best option for your job or if there's another material even better suited to the task.