Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) stands third around the world as the most widely produced plastic polymer. The rigid form of PVC is used in making PVC pipes that have a diverse range of applications. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes are the most commonly used plastic piping material. The PVC pipes are manufactured in various dimensions and sizes. They are extensively used in sewer systems, irrigation, water service lines, drain waste vents, and various industries.
The properties of PVC pipes for safety, robustness, cost-efficiency, environmental performance, and recyclability allow them to be used for multiple purposes, from carrying water to industrial or chemical waste handling.
PVC pipes can be used in underground areas as well as above-ground areas of any building. They also come in handy to be used in outdoor settings if they include UV inhibitors and stabilisers to protect against ultraviolet radiation and are painted with water-based latex paint. They are unaffected by commonly used chemicals such as salts, acids, oxidants, or bases.
PVC pipes are an environment-friendly option that has an upper hand over the traditional piping system. The PVC pipes consist of low carbon plastic and require minimal resources and less energy in manufacturing. PVC pipes provide an excellent choice for carrying drinking water because they have a great level of inertness and are not prone to corrosion. PVC pipes last long with the smallest amount of maintenance and they are easily recyclable.
The PVC pipes are extensively used because they are eco-friendly, durable, easy to install, resistant to corrosion, light in weight, have a long service life, inexpensive, and extensively accepted by codes. The top ten places where PVC pipes can be used are:
1. PVC Pipe for Water Plumbing and Water Pipes
The PVC pipes have been widely used in water plumbing and pipes. It is the largest industry in PVC applications by quantity and weight mass. The PVC pipes were first used in the management of water and were further integrated into modern society and infrastructure. PVC pipes are available in various dimensions, lengths, and sizes. The pipes are used to supply water in different areas like buildings, industries, facilities, and equipment.
PVC water pipes are produced, modified, and regulated strictly. Most often, the process is overseen by the government or independent authorities. These authorities have set standards that guide the production process on the quality of material used when used in handling water. These regulations contribute to the continued use of PVC pipes as a non-toxic, long-lasting, and safe material for transporting drinking water, non-drinking water, and processed water.
Other services and plumbing codes regulate the appropriateness of the PVC pipes for particular water installations. All the above applications of the PVC pipes are applicable only for water delivery up to a particular temperature. Due to the low-temperature threshold, the PVC pipes cannot be used for heated water delivery.
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