Understanding Domestic Water Pipelines: What are your options?

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Water is an essential part of one’s survival. From drinking to showering, water has become the basis of one’s life. Water is made available to us through filters, packed bottles, taps, pipes, etc. It is impossible to think about a world without water.

The main source of water that reaches our homes is through pipelines. So it is important to choose the best pipes that are durable and would avoid leakage.

There are three types of pipelines that have been listed below that are strong, durable and can be used for setting pipelines at home and in industries. These pipelines have different properties, including their durability, resistive nature and different applications. These pipelines are:

    • UPVC Pipelines
    • PVC Pipelines
    • CPVC Pipelines

UPVC Pipelines

UPVC refers to unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. It does not contain BPA or Lead that is harmful to human health and hence is safe for water flow. They are also impervious to other chemicals and are resistant to corrosion. UPVC pipes and fittings are available in various sizes, starting from 15mm to 100mm. When pipes are connected to homes for water supply, it is important to check water pressure at your place. But in pipes, they are strong enough to hold on to the water pressure and do not cause any breakage or leakage. Moreover, because of their ductility, they can hold high pressures very well.

These pipes are UV resistant so that they do not get damaged when exposed to sunlight. They are also very light weighted, hence are easy to carry. These pipes and fittings are joined together with the help of cement, therefore, are strong and leakproof. This is done by using simple, inexpensive tools and hence are of low maintenance and high performance. They are used in sewage pipelines, drinking water pipelines, tube wells, and ventilation purposes. They are fire-resistant too.

Features:

  • Light-weighted
  • Fire-resistant
  • UV resistant
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Strong and durable
  • Can carry cold water
  • Resistant to chemicals like BPA and lead

Applications:

  • sewage pipelines
  • drinking water pipelines
  • tube wells
  • ventilation purposes

PVC pipelines

PVC refers to polyvinyl chloride. Unlike the UPVC pipe, PVCs do not have any plasticisers. It is the most common type of pipe that is used for pipelines and fittings. Mainly it is used for plumbing and drainage. It is light weighted and hence is easy to carry. These pipes require low maintenance and hence, require lesser concern. PVC is also thermoplastic and can be moulded into pipes, fittings, and other supplies. These pipes can handle a temperature up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. PVC is the safest for drinking water as it is resistant to corrosion preventing the bacterias from coming in contact with the water. PVCs are recyclable and hence won’t harm the environment. It also requires less cost and energy to manufacture. PVC pipes are either white or dark grey.

Features:

  • Light weighed
  • Low maintenance
  • Thermoplastic and hence can be moulded.
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Safest for drinking water
  • Recyclable
  • Cost-effective

Applications:

  • Plumbing
  • Drainage
  • Drinking water

CPVC Pipelines

CPVC Pipelines refer to Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride. Unlike PVCs, CPVC can withstand high temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Hence it is resistant to corrosion even at high temperatures. It is also resistant to any damages caused by highly chlorinated domestic water. However, CPVC is less durable as compared to UPVC pipe. CPVC is also more ductile and hence is flexible. It is also resistant to fire and is popularly used in Water-piping systems in commercial, residential and industrial construction. CPVC pipes are usually cream or light yellowish. CPVC is used on a wider range hence is a bit costlier than PVC pipes.

Features:

  • Withstands high temperatures
  • Resistant to damage
  • More ductile
  • Flexible
  • Resistant to fire
  • Corrosion-resistant

Applications

  • Transport of potable water
  • Water-piping systems in commercial, residential and industrial construction