Why Choose PVC Pipe Connectors?3 min read
Why Choose PVC Pipe Connectors?
PVC pipes are most commonly used to help the flow of liquids or gas. Pipe fittings are used to connect different pieces of straight pipe and can be used to change the direction and flow of materials. They can also assist with diameter changes between pipe sections. PVC pipe connectors are manufactured with a choice of threaded, push-fit, tee, elbow, and socket fittings for different applications.
PVC Pipe Systems
PVC pipe fittings are attached to plastic pipes to provide a connection between different sections of pipe and provide support for the transport of materials such as water, liquid waste, and gas. They are usually attached to plastic pipes via a specific connection such as push-fit, thread or plastic welding. A specific diameter is chosen to fit onto a plastic pipe with a compatible diameter. For example, a 50mm diameter fitting is designed to connect with a 50mm diameter plastic pipe.
Different Types of PVC Pipe Connectors
– Elbow Fittings or Bend Fittings are used when a change of direction is required.
– Tee Fittings and Cross Fittings provide connections between multiple other pipes in a system.
– Coupler Fittings, Union Fittings, and Adaptors provide extensions from one pipe to another.
– Cap Fittings and Plug Fittings provide termination sections in a pipe system.
– Couplings and Reducers allow connections from one pipe size to another pipe size.
PVC Pipe Fitting Applications
PVC pipe fittings are used in various plumbing or other piping installations in commercial, industrial and residential systems. Examples of applications include the following:
A number of accessories are usually integrated into a plumbing system such as sealing kits and tape to reinforce the seals and prevent threads from shearing. Sealants create watertight seals to prevent pipes from leaking where they are joined by connectors. Pipe marking tape can be used to identify different types and sections of pipe.
Why Choose PVC Pipe Fittings?
Pipe fittings are manufactured from a wide variety of materials including brass, copper, bronze, and plastic with a choice of elbow, tee, socket, push-fit, and threaded connections. PVC is a type of plastic that is a popular choice for use as pipework fittings. It is non-toxic and therefore safe to use. PVC is also water and fire resistant which makes it an ideal transporter for gases and liquids. PVC plastic is strong and durable with a long lifespan. It is also an environmentally safe and sustainable material as it can be recycled at the end of its useful life.
Different Types of PVC
Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride (uPVC), also referred to as PVC-U, is a hard plastic that is durable and long lasting. It is also weather resistant and requires very little maintenance which makes it ideal for use in pipe systems.
Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC) is a more flexible type of PVC that can tolerate high temperatures which makes it ideal for liquid industrial applications and for use in either hot or cold water systems.
Although pipe fittings are made from many different types of materials, some are better than others for certain functions. PVC fittings are light, non-toxic and more flexible which means there is less chance of pipes bursting when water freezes that causes pipes to expand.