No pressure but a lot of responsibility
Non-pressure pipes are workhorses. They are the drain and waste pipes, moving wastewater and sewage or draining stormwater away from buildings. They are also vent pipes, electrical conduit, ducts, part of radon remediation and more. These pipes do a lot of work in unforgiving environments – exposed to the elements, chemicals and bacteria that are the enemies of commercial, residential and municipal pipes.
Today, builders and utilities are replacing traditional materials – carbon steel, ductile iron, concrete and clay – with non-pressure pipes made from polyethylene (PE) or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). PE and PVC pipes provide long-term performance, efficient processing, a lighter weight for easier installation, and resistance to corrosion, chemicals and bacteria.
PE resins deliver:
- Toughness and durability for an extended system life
- Resistance to harsh materials and environmental factors that could otherwise lead to corrosion, slow crack growth or rapid crack propagation
- Lightweight flexibility
- Excellent hydraulic properties – with less drag and turbulence at high flow rates and excellent resistance to scaling
- Low thermal conductivity and greatly reduced need for insulation
- High performance across a range of temperatures
- Virtually leak-free performance with no fittings or gaskets that could corrode or leak over time
Because PVC pipes do not corrode, they are an excellent choice to replace leaking sewer lines. With PVC, boost your pipe’s performance with specially formulated impact modifiers and process aids, which deliver improved end-use ductility, process stability and heat stability. This enables low-cost solutions for a variety of plumbing applications in residential and commercial construction.