Polyvinyl chloride, commonly known as PVC, has become a popular choice for hot and cold water pipes in recent years. This material is a thermoplastic polymer. In other words, it is a combination of plastic and vinyl. PVC pipe is rigid, and the color is usually white, milky white or gray. They are often used for high-pressure water, such as the main water supply pipeline of a household. PVC pipes have many uses, including for transporting drinking water and drainage.
According to different applications, you can choose a specific thickness and configuration to better support the application, and choose the corresponding pipe fittings with a definite goal, such as aluminum alloy lined plastic pipe.
Because PVC pipe has some important advantages, it has been favored by people, including:
Long life: PVC will not rust or corrode, so unless it encounters some kind of accidental damage, it can be used indefinitely. Even the durable metals used for hot and cold water pipes cannot achieve the amazing lifespan of PVC.
Ability to withstand pressure: Because PVC can withstand higher water pressure, it is often used to enter the main water supply pipe of the home.
Easy to use: Compared with metal pipes, PVC is very light, so it is easy to transport and use. It is also easy to use because no welding is required when connecting pipes. Instead, the pipes are basically glued together.
Low cost: The cost of PVC is also very low. Especially compared with copper, PVC is a very cheap choice for hot and cold water pipes.
Although PVC has some obvious advantages, it also has some disadvantages. These disadvantages include:
Easy to warp: PVC is not suitable for transporting hot water. This is because, like most plastics, heat can cause the material to deform and melt.
Size: The size of PVC pipes is limited in choice, which can sometimes become a problem. Even if your PVC pipe is of the right size, the fittings used to connect the PVC pipe may be bulky, which may cause problems in small spaces.