A Guide to Choosing the Right PVC Pipes and Fittings
There are many types of plumbing pipes for residential and commercial purposes. The most common ones are PEX, Copper, and PVC based on the application and location in which they are installed. Alaska Trading, a well-established PVC fittings supplier in the UAE, has been a trusted name in the market and has provided pipes and fittings to a wide range of industries based on the requirements.PVC Pipes are used for hot and cold potable water and sewage applications. The thickness and structure varies depending on the type of application where it will be installed. For example, pressure water pipes vary from the ones used in storm drainage systems. Moreover, products used for potable water commonly come with a label of “NSF-PW” or “NSF-61” to show that the product is aligned with the health effects requirements of NSF/ANSI Standard 6.
PVC Fittings – What They Are and Their Respective Applications
Below is a list of some PVC fittings commonly found, that will help you to understand them and where to use:
- PVC Tees – this type has a fitting provided with three ends that looks like a T, as depicted through the following image. The tee ensures a line can be split into two separate ones via a 90-degree connection. Tees are versatile in nature and one of the most commonly found parts in plumbing.
- PVC Elbows – in a situation where you need your piping system to turn or go around something that is in the way, using elbows allows you to bend your pipeline. These are usually found in 90-degree and 45-degree angles, directing your pipeline just about anywhere, as per your requirement. An example shown as follows:
- PVC Crosses – these provide a four-way connection all at 90-degree angles, like a plus sign. Crosses are generally used at the time of building a framework from a PVC pipe. Although not so commonly found, these can be very useful to split the flow of a fluid in different connections.
- PVC Couplings – these are simple in structure and least expensive amongst all of the PVC fittings. The name comes from the fact that it connects/“couples” two pipes or a pipe to a fitting, permanently. These can also be used to connect a small pipe to a large one.
- PVC Caps – their only job is to stop the flow. They are fitted to one end of the pipe, that does not need to be connected to another pipe/fitting. This also enables that side of the pipe to be used later, if required.
- PVC Adapters and Bushings – adapters are used to change the end of the pipe to change its type enabling it to connect to fittings and pipes of various sizes. Bushings on the other hand, allow to connect to pipes of different sizes by reducing the fitting. It is noteworthy that bushings cannot reduce the size of pipes.
- PVC Flanges – these enable the pipe to fit other attachments such as accessories. Commonly found at the base of the bidet, these can increase the strength of the pipes.
- To learn more about PVC pipes and fittings, reach out to the experts at Alaska Trading. For PVC specific queries, write at [email protected] or [email protected]. Alternatively, you can also give them a call on +971 54 397 4576/+971 67 480 955.